Thursday Thoughts: I try.

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I always have good plans.

  • Keep track of my expenses
  • Keep track of all my book promotion and interview commitments
  • Remember what I have to pick up at the store
  • Keep my workspace tidy
  • Delete unneeded emails

I have all my expenses and scheduled commitments on an Excel spreadsheet on my desktop (with saved backup). I try to log everything as it occurs, but that one time you say, “I’ll do it later” seems to instantly make the to-do pile grow exponentially.

You can see how some people get overwhelmed with tasks and just give up trying.

We can’t multi-task. The human brain can only do one thing at a time (other than automatically keeping us alive). It can do tasks quickly enough that it seems to be simultaneous, but it’s just an illusion.

So, if you think about needing that can of stewed tomatoes, then notice there is dirt on the floor, so you grab the broom to clean it up, but you forgot to put the broom where it is supposed to go, so . . .

Slow down there, Chuckles, one thing at a time, and it you have to, write it down.

Now, remembering to write it down is the next task. Or is it remembering to remember?

-Leon


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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