I woke up, had a coffee, did essential tasks – and then the day was over.
I’m honestly not sure. One part of me things that the Lord decided to speed up the sun that day, all the clocks, and life just kinda happened around me at double speed while I trudged on at normal pace.
But I suspect that’s not the case.
There are a few times I’ve experienced a day passing in something of a blur. Some good, some bad.
When I’m Procrastinating
I can happily wile away an entire day avoiding doing what I ought.
Usually this is some kind of annoying job (tax returns feature highly here) that I’m attempting not to do.
Of course, while attempting not to do them I occasionally get useful things done in the background.
More likely, though, is that I’m trying to pretend that I’m working towards the thing, while in fact not doing it at all. I might read about tax returns, learn about tax returns, hover around tax return related subjects, and generally consider the world of tax returns – but not do the ones that need to be done.
The day can very easily fly past without tax returns being done.
When I’m Crazy Busy
Sometimes, despite my best efforts, the insanity of the day simply overtakes me.
My plans are routed.
My goals are put to one side.
Instead, I just have to play the hand I’ve been dealt for a time.
Broken down car, flat tyre, broken things, sick children, matters requiring attention – these will suck the intention out of my day.
However, with urgent matters it’s not necessarily bad – they just need to be done. The danger comes where the “urgent” matters you need to do actually aren’t urgent, and in fact are just another method of procrastination.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
When I’m “In the Zone”
You know the feeling, right? You’ve hit the place where you’re moving mountains, shifting stones, paving paths, weeding gardens or whatever metaphor best suits you.
In short: you’re doing some amazing stuff.
It’s an awesome feeling, being in the zone. Whenever we experience it we get that awesome sense of accomplishment, of purpose, and of inspiration. We want to replicate it over and over – but usually we can’t, and spend our time hoping for it to miraculously reappear once more.
The time in the zone can be the most productive, most beneficial, most potent time we spend.
But it comes with a cost – we lose our peripheral vision. Being in the zone generally involves having our blinders on – we cannot see side to side, back to front or upside down – we see our target, and that alone.
Clouds and Dirt
If we’re on the zone all day, every day, then we become stuck in the dirt and cannot every experience the glory of the clouds.
But then, without the dirt we remain dreamers – stuck in a land of fantasy and planning without the benefits and reality of execution.
Don’t let your days pass without a combination of each – for that is where the sweet spot lies.