Saturday, September 05, 2009

A Dribble at the Well

"If you chase two rabbits, both will escape" — Unknown

"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways." — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Our water comes to us from a well on our property -- a concept that took me some time to get used to, being a city girl and all. Something else I needed to get used to was the fact that the pump can only send so much water to us at one time.

This morning, while the sprinklers were running outside, I'd just flushed the potty, and had turned on the water at the sink. It was a mere dribble. I didn't get a decent amount of water until the toilet tank finished filling, and it got me to thinking (yes, epiphanies DO come from the strangest places...): we're sort of the same way, right? Only a finite amount of time, energy, creativity, brain power, etc.

I know I could be using my time more efficiently. I am lured by the email accounts on a regular basis -- I feel as though our business emails HAVE to be answered immediately or the world will come to an end. And that's just stupid.

I have a friend who has several tasks she needs to complete on a daily basis. To do so, she figures out how much time the task should take if she worked, focused and uninterrupted, and then sets a timer for that amount of time. THEN she focuses on that task, and that task only, until the timer goes off.

I feel as though I have so much on my plate that I'll never get it all done. But, I'm thinking that if I can focus on one thing at a time (not my strong suit...) I would be able to be more productive in less time, therefore giving me more time to do the things that keep getting set aside.

I've put a kitchen timer on my shopping list and am going to start this new endeavor next week -- Wednesday, when DH goes back to work. And then, maybe, I can give more than a dribble to the things I do.

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You Are Taco Salad



You are brutally honest and totally real. You can't be bothered to be fake for a second.

You are a total riot. You have a wicked sense of humor, and you crack people up.



You often shock people with your antics. You have a very spicy personality.

You are energetic and intense. You live every moment to its fullest.




Well.. yeah... mostly...

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7 comments:

Dru said...

I hope the timer works.

You Are Fruit Salad

You are a light-hearted and carefree person. You see the happy, colorful side of life.

You are naturally sweet and kind. You believe it's important to be easy on people.

Even when you have to criticize, you try to be as gentle as possible.

If you ended up hurting someone, it would hurt you just as much. You're very sensitive.
I think so.

Have a good Saturday.

MomJane said...

Hope the timer works. Have a great weekend. Notice that they spelled Caesar wrong? LOL


You Are a Ceasar Salad

You are very popular and easy to love. You strike a cord with people.
You are friendly and careful not to offend anyone. You try hard to get along.

And while you may avoid controversy, you are still very sincere. People love that about you.
You are dependable and steady. With you, what you see is what you get.

Tori Lennox said...

You'll have to keep us posted on how the timer works.

You Are Cobb Salad

You seem simple, but you're actually a very complicated person.
You stay well organized, and because of that, you're on top of all the chaos in your life.

You work well with others. You are able to check your ego and cooperate.
You are also very open-minded and accepting. You're happy to let people do their own thing.


LOL! "Well organized"? Yeah, umpteen years ago. Not so much NOW.

Maria Zannini said...

Timer might be good for me too, but for different reasons. I tend to get so focused on what I'm doing that I hate to do anything else until I've completed the first project.

I have to force myself to walk away and do something else.

I'm in the dictionary under mule-headed. :o)

Diane Craver said...

Good luck with timer!

You Are Fruit Salad

You are a light-hearted and carefree person. You see the happy, colorful side of life.
You are naturally sweet and kind. You believe it's important to be easy on people.

Even when you have to criticize, you try to be as gentle as possible.
If you ended up hurting someone, it would hurt you just as much. You're very sensitive.

Brandy said...

I hope the timer works. I know what you mean about becoming bogged down and feeling as though you are swamped.
I am a Ceasar Salad. Hmm. I like it.

I hope your day went well!

Anne-Kathrine said...

Hope the timer works!