Focus. Just Focus.

I am an out of sight out of mind kind of a girl.

Sometimes when I have things to do, a list just doesn't seem to be enough of a reminder. At times like these and to be sure I don't forget, I keep my things to do within easy reach. Be it in the front seat of the car, in my OM bag, or in my right hand - my things to do are very close to me.

Not all of my things to do like grocery items to buy, bank accounts to open, and appointments to make get such a prominent place in my psyche. Only my reading, writing, and other "for me" things to do are worthy of that spot.

Life's been a bit hectic lately and I haven't been able to to do the things I want to do. Yet, there they were, day after day, staring back at me from the front seat of my car, my bag, my right hand.

So, I did what any out of sight out of mind girl who appreciates her psyche would do - I moved the things to do out of sight. 

I took items from my car, my bag and my right hand and put them on a shelf. A snazzy red shelf by the front door that I pass at least 2x per day, but a shelf just the same.

Now, instead of having the totality of all of my things to do within easy reach 24 hours a day, they are  tucked away. Not so far away where I wouldn't see them (because then I'd forget about them), but far enough away that I'd have to consciously go to them to get what I wanted.

Resolving to read more this year, much of my to do's are books I want to read and I am giving myself more time to read them. To better sort and prioritize my writing efforts, I also took my one hard covered black Moleskine and traded it for 3 soft sided red ones (see them right there under the books?) for the three different types of venues I am currently writing for.

You could say I may need to learn to say "no" more often but it's really not that often that I say yes. For me, it's a matter of setting (and owning that yes, I can set) boundaries, expectations, and terms for the hours and minutes of my time that I give to others. 

I'll now go to the shelf and pick the one or two things I am going to work on during a particular day or week and leave the rest behind. No worries. The things to do are safe, secure and will all get done. In due time. In my time.

And with my psyche in tact.

What tips do you have for keeping your psyche in tact when there's seemingly not enough to go around?


Here are a few things bouncing through my mind right now.  

Time away. I don't do it often enough. The Black Hills/Badlands area is a wonderful spot for a family vacation. I tried to figure out how I could make a living drinking coffee and watching the sun rise but failed miserably. Back to work I went on Tuesday.

Internet connections were skitterish in the Hills so I was going through Women of HR withdrawal and am so looking forward to quality time this weekend to get back into and onto the site and read the wonderful words of our contributors.

John Sumser published his Top 25 Online Influencers in Leadership.  Way to go all!

The 2010 Top Women In Business Blog Awards, sponsored by Online MBAAwarding the Web, are out. This award highlights the very best blogs about women in business on the internet as selected by their judges. Many thanks to the panel for including Simply Lisa on this list. 

I am reading the Twilight series. My mind is so chaotic this week, I need some fluff. Fluff ends at the end of the series and then next on the coffee table is The Lovers.

Delta is having a fare sale. Do I even dare fly Delta these days? Are the low fares worth the hassle?

Yoga hurts so good. Ice cream tastes so good. And Caribou new flavored iced teas are so good.

My HR Staff is my ace-in-hole when it comes to recruiting. When I find the right person for my department, I know that if there is ever any doubt in the candidate's mind whether or not this was the place for her, a few minutes with my staff would seal the deal. It does every time. 

I used to be about pollyanna workplaces but got over that real quick. Now I am about respectful human-ness.

I owe no less than 5 people calls. One is a podiatrist to help me with my chronic shin pain, the others are friends and future friends.

Now, where the heck are the husband and kid. I'm hungry and who's going to cook me dinner?

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