Yesterday was a crazy day in my life. I had to complete two vastly different projects. First, I was presenting my “Let’s Talk Clouds” workshop at a local middle school.
As the Earth Lady, I work with schools to help students jump-start their interest in science, specifically Earth Science.
Then, I switched gears and released my interactive Tarot reading ebook. As part of the project, I had to finish the programming, create the cover, and upload the entire thing to amazon.
I’m excited about this project because it allows the reader to choose a new card every day from a random selector set. Then, the reader sees the interpretation and a special call to action individual to each card. I’ve been working on the interpretations for years, but I had never figured out exactly how to create the interactive portion of the book.
And here’s how the title of this blog post relates. I didn’t try to focus on both projects at once. They are too disparate. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen the wisdom of limiting multitasking. Although it seems efficient, it isn’t. It’s a will-o’-the-wisp. It leads you down the primrose path of thinking you are being efficient while all the while your brain is operating at a slower speed and lower level.
Here’s what I did do. I completed the workshop with the kids, and I gave it my all. I left it all on the classroom floor, as they say. We had a blast. Their transformation from before the workshop to afterward startled me. They went from post-lunch food coma to shouting about how much fun they’d had in just under 40 minutes. I can’t wait to go back.
And after I got home from the workshop, I jumped into the Today’s Tarot project. I created the cover. I finished the programming. I uploaded everything to amazon, and I released the entire thing.
It was exciting and energizing. I didn’t feel my exhaustion until I was finished. And then I dropped like a stone.
Why did I just write up my entire day for you? Well, it’s because I’ve had a realization. If you work hard, if you commit yourself to excellence on each project, you will succeed. And here’s the most important thing. The key to that success lies in maintaining the level of focus and activity on each project while you are working on it. The Law of Inertia comes into play here. “A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion.” If we take a lot of time between projects, we will fizzle out on them. If instead, we rev those engines, blast through the projects with full dedication and focus, and only take the foot off the gas for a bit between them, we will fly. And we will fly because we are already in motion. We are already doing and creating so it becomes easier to keep doing and keep creating.
To refocus my brain on a new project requires almost no time if I do it correctly. I’ve started taking the time to recharge by doing a quick breathing meditation. It is simple, and the best part? It’s only a minute long. I’ve created a small video of the meditation. The next time you need to recharge between projects, go ahead and try it.
And let me know how it works.