Yes, finally time & space to write! It has been three weeks since I last posted anything. Never had I thought I would be absent for this long. In rare circumstances I would perhaps skip a Syntropic Sunday, but never more. What happened?
I believe that you can learn from any experience in life, so let’s look at the lessons I have taken away from my three week sabbatical. I’m sure these lessons do not only apply to my writing, but to anyone’s hobby or commitment in a modern-day-human’s life.
When it comes to creating, consciously concentrated effort – in other words focus – is extremely powerful.
With a bit of focus one can do in an hour what normally takes a whole day. For me focus is like stepping into a time-chamber where an hour inside equals to an hour outside.
During these weeks I wasn’t focused on writing. It was on my mind, but only on the periphery. I was side tracked by life in a way. Had I just taken the effort to step into my chamber for just half an hour, I could have produced at least one worthwhile article for you.
2 Setting Priorities & Knowing What You Want
My amazing three year Zambian adventure is coming to an end soon so I want to enjoy every last moment of it to the fullest. In the past three weeks I was lucky enough to re-visit some of my favourite places and my family ánd girlfriend came to see me all the way from Holland.
Frankly, I was way more interested in spending quality time with them and enjoying their great company rather than “wasting” my time writing. I simply valued the time with them more than locking myself in my room to write an article.
To me this is a classic example of getting things done – in this case not done – by getting your priorities in line. When you know what you want and – as important – what you do not want, you can get things done quickly and effortlessly.
Especially with the help of some focus. But the trick is to know what to focus on.
Not only does it help to be more efficient in your day to day life, it also improves your happiness, because you know what you want and therefore you will get more of that and at the same time you will steadily get rid of all the BS in your life.
I thought I had my priorities in order, but as I have experienced before, they change. Time to re-evaluate!
3 Unknown Challenges
Being a travelling blogger has appealed to me right from the start. Typing away on my laptop (or notebook) in the middle of a nature reserve with elephants drinking from the lake in the distance. How romantic.
Buuut not very practical. In theory it all sounds great, but I never really explored this option. What about the downside of it? Not having an internet connection? Running out of battery power because it is too cloudy for solar panels to charge? Being disrupted while writing, because I don’t have a private room (I fact, I’ve been disrupted
three four five times writing this post!)?
These are all issues that I never took into consideration or thought I would improvise my way out of on the spot. But the truth is that they do hamper my opportunities to write and I need to find a way to deal with them if I want to keep this blog active.
No matter how well you plan, challenges will keep appearing, it is called life. It is up to us to deal with them. Step one is to be aware they are there. The rest of the steps, I guess, are unique and personal.
4 Baby Steps
You are not gonna chop down a tree with one mighty blow of the axe. No you chop away slowly and steadily, bit by bit. Any endeavor is started with one small step and followed by a thousand more, not by one big leap.
The same applies to writing.
Most of these blogposts are short paragraphs written in 10-20 minutes sessions and strung together in the end. If you had asked me four weeks ago if I would ever try and write a entire blogpost in one go I would have said absolutely not! Yet this is exaclty what I was trying to do these past few weeks. I thought that because I had little time to write, I should try and write and entire blogpost when I have a spare hour or two.
How easy it is to get lost in the jungle of your mind if you don’t take care of the weeds!
Had I just stuck to the usual short sessions, even if it was only five minutes, I’m sure I would have posted at least one article.
We can all squeeze in five minutes somewhere in the day, right? Imagine what you can do with five minutes a day for three weeks: 5*21=105 minutes! That is an hour and 40 minutes! That is the power of baby steps.
The bigger lesson I take away from my three week period of in-activity is that writing is dynamic and the thoughts I harbor directly influence my actions.
As much as I wish it were always easy and straight forward, it is not.
With a changing mind I will experience a changing environment. I aim to learn every day, because there is always something I don’t know about myself.