Something strange has happened. I’m about to call the EPA and have them check my water. I can’t think of any other explanation.
Here’s the thing: I’m ahead.
I’m not just caught up with my work, I have things done before they’re due – as in, in advance of their deadline. It’s not that I’m a slacker usually, it’s just that I love the thrill of the deadline, so I usually push each one to the limit. But this week, I’ve been like a machine. Can I tell you how many times I checked my calendar this week to verify that it was actually only Monday, then only Tuesday, then only Wednesday? A lot.
The Blank Page Route
I have a good friend that is going through a major life change. She’s at a crossroads with her relationship, business and geographic location. When we talked about what was going on with her, there was an invitation to discuss the horridness of the situation, to moan and groan and bellyache about it. But we didn’t. Instead we took the blank page route. Instead of desolation, there was nothing but open road and opportunity:
- If she could live anywhere, where would it be?
- If she could be with or without a relationship, which would she prefer?
- If she could be with anyone, what would s/he be like?
- If she could change anything about her business, what would it be?
What a glorious time we had creating and sucking.
The Bonus List
Today, Silas decided to leave our house and take some free time for himself. He was gone for four hours. I have no idea how he amused himself except that he rolled in something dead. The evidence is all over him. That doesn’t sound like fun to me, go figure, but it was his bliss.
When I realized how far ahead I was in my work today, there was an urge to pile more work on or, in a moment of pure insanity, search for the things that I’d forgotten to do and thus, send a wave of disappointment and reality upon myself as I realized that I wasn’t even close to being ahead.
But, I didn’t do that. Do you know what I did?
I made a list, I followed my blissful urges – the ones that felt good to just me. I played my own version of the Blank Page. Though I wasn’t at a crossroads, I was standing in front of an opportunity. What do I want to do with this unexpected open time? I asked myself.
- Write (whatever I want to write)
- Work on my new site The Daily Norm (which is soon to feature a fat interview with John Grogan (of Marley and Me fame any second now, so you might want to sign up for email alerts)
- Take an afternoon off and hang with my family
- Stand outside with my arms open waiting for the following things to drop into my arms: a book deal, a fat ghostwriting book project, a syndication opportunity for this blog, a lifetime supply of either guacamole or George Clooney
- Make a list of my ideal blog writing clients and go after them
- Write some more (of whatever I want to write)
I’m working through this list…with glee. And I’m curious to know what’s on yours.
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This was inspiring and warm and fuzzy. I loved the life questions. Too often we get stuck in the “what I can’t do.” I think those questions really could help anyone–not just your friend.
Yesterday I had 16 things on my to do list. I never expected to do them all. But I got most of them done. I want to frame that list–just to remind myself how much I rock.
Right now, I’m just trying to get through the next two weeks. Our life is in upheaval, too, moving from the house we’ve lived in for 34 years, and the physical packing (not to mention the emotional strain) is getting very, very wearying.
Though, unlike our mutual friend, at least I’m staying in the same zip code…
I am looking forward to having time to say, “I have nothing that I NEED to do” … hopefully sometime soon!
(Tell Silas that Chappy’s glad he had so much fun, but worries when dogs run off on their own, and that he shouldn’t DO that.) (Of course, Chappy doesn’t get to play in the woods without a leash, so he’s got different opinions on what’s allowed.)
I would take a weekend off and unplug from all things web. I would read and drink coffee all morning and wine all afternoon. I would have time to work on the new blog I want to start. I would gt ahead on posts for my regular blog. I would read all my friends blog posts that I have not had the time to read over the last couple weeks because of work commitments. I know some of those contradict themselves, but hey, it’s my list. Love the Daily Norm!