Lately, I feel like I've been moving at warp speed, and not taking time to focus on one area, or even enjoy the art of doing nothing (what is that?).
Hence, why I haven't blogged in 4 months...again. I always said I would only do this when I felt inspired or wanted to, and blogging became another item on the list of things I "should do" instead of "want to do."
When did life get so cluttered and full of things? And I'm not just talking tangible items like clothes and technology, but stuff that makes you feel mentally heavy, like my email. Oh, my email.
I went through a period of time where I signed up for every promotional email for my personal account (can't miss out on any deals!) and every free content subscription on my work email (learn as much as possible). Unnecessary emails increased to hundreds a day. Do you know how much brainpower and time it takes to go through, read, filter, and decide what to do with each email? Too much.
An unforeseen effect of giving every company my email is a heaviness I feel. Heaviness from not being up to date, or on track. I'm behind seeing who's offering 20% off through Saturday or what paper I should download to learn about the latest trend in our industry. But what's it all for?
I know part of it is from working in the social media industry. It's a fast-paced and always fun journey, but like all things, has its downsides too. The fear of missing out, needing to be up to date all the time on everyone else's lives, feeling that you need to share and update your own life.
In reality, nothing happens if you don't get that promotional email, don't check social media, or read a new whitepaper. You might even have a conversation with a friend and discover something new, without reading it first.
My goal before the end of the year is to purge. Purge unnecessary emails traveling to my inbox. Purge unnecessary things in my house. And focus my time and energy on the important tasks at hand. Instead of letting other people dictate how I spend my energy with their messages, decide how I want to spend my time by eliminating their intrusions up front. (I'll probably spend less money too).
And maybe, I'll have some time to try some of that Art of Doing Nothing. One can hope.