Just Get It Done Already!

Speedy Gonzels running

With graduation (OMG!!) peering at me from a month away, I’m in the midst of school-work today, but I want to take a moment to discuss something important.  Actually, it’s more than that.  I have a confession to make…

I’m a bit of a lollygagger.

Yes, I know… shocking.  I’ve certainly broached this topic before, but I’ll be darned if I’m going to search my blog archives for it.  I’m a creative fella, so I tend to daydream and busy myself thinking artsy thoughts, but ya know what?  That really gets in the way, sometimes 😉 .  It always has, actually.  Sure, I’m fantastic at distracting myself when I’m disinterested in something; I used to spend hours and hours doing my homework not because I was struggling with the actual work, but because I’d been twirling my pencil or rearranging my protractor in my drawer.  That’s common, I know, but it extends beyond boring ol’ homework.  It carries over into work tasks and even things that I WANT to do (like creative writing or playing a game).  It’s not always so simple as basic environmental distraction, either.  I might carry on a fake conversation between two characters (often leading to creative story ideas), I might daydream for emotionally cathartic reasons, but beyond all else, I just do a lot of nothingness and slow myself down.  The irony is that I also tend to pile on too MANY “wants” and then drown myself in my inability to do every little thing that I want to do.

I don’t have ADD.  I know what that looks like; I have studied it and experienced it first-hand through relationship with one of my friends.  If ADD was  a broad spectrum disorder such as Autism, then perhaps I might find myself on the tail end of that diagnosis, but no… I can concentrate my thoughts just fine, I just don’t.

So, why am I babbling about this?  Because this is my website, and I do what I want!  Also, I’ve set a goal for myself: be faster.  It’s a very specific goal, of course.  What this means to me, more than anything, is basically taking a two-fold approach to my issue of being slow: first, minimize the daydreaming and internal dialoguing; second, halt the multitasking.  These things, alone, can be really difficult for me… both out of habit and natural inclination.  I can’t change how I think, of course, but by golly I can sure be a heck of a lot more efficient with my time.  That’s what I’m after… greater efficiency.  If I have a paper to write, why the heck not just blast through it and get it done in a couple of hours, instead of over-pacing myself and distracting myself with concurrent tasks along the way and extending this paper-writing to an all-day affair.  This works for homework, chores, creative work, just about everything.  My goodness, man, just get it done!

I’ve always been a little slow-to-start, taking my sweet time and working at my own pace, but maybe, with a little concentrated effort, I can make a change to what that natural pace actually is.

Wish me luck!

P.S. – This post took me 48 minutes to create, from finding the image to the final edit.  I’ll get there 😉 .

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About Mark Mushakian

Just a man who loves God, women, kids, dogs, movies, and every other lovely thing in life :)
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