Tuesday of Overwhelming Jotness

I don’t like to stop.
That’s a thing.
I love to start knowing I can finish. Stopping and coming back is hard, especially when I can’t finish that time, either.

However, my schedule dictates that I must stop a lot and come back a lot and it’s very disturbing to me and I simply do not know how to talk myself into how it’s a good thing, because we hates it.

I told y’all this before, but I’m telling you again so you’ll know how serious this is for me. If you have mastered the mindset of long-term projects that stop and start and start and not on your own terms, you must tell me any secrets to your success.

If it makes you crazy, too, you can tell me. This is a safe-ish space.

Because this is me, doing anything, and being interrupted by anything, losing my shit. Right now I’m in a place of only hot irons. I honestly find myself highly adaptable and fluid, but for the love of puppies, can I just get one, single, solitary freakin thing done?

*stops to eat her goat cheese pizza*


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32 Responses to Tuesday of Overwhelming Jotness

  1. loisajay says:

    ‘..losing my shit.’ That would be when my husband has to tell me all three stories in ‘Blue Bloods.’ Oooh honey, I don’t remember asking….

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  2. eschudel says:

    As long as you can finish your pizza (and possibly your wine) I think you will be ok!

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  3. Bill says:

    Oh dear god. Don’t get me started. My unfinished things are like lost unmatched socks. What does that belong to? How long has that been lying back there? Who TF sock is that? What was I thinking? Two things: it’s Tuesday; and I have no idea of what to say that might help. I write ‘to do’ stuff down (non projects) and I prioritize projects ‘this is the most important thing now,’ or is it ‘these are?’

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  4. I hate that. Work projects drive me crazy that way. I have my agenda, my task list, some coffee, radio on. Then some SOB decides something else is much more important and must be done immediately.

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  5. Benson says:

    I think I know what you mean. Whenever I start a thing and I am interrupted to do another thing I get just the tiniest bit exasperated. I have learned that a mind has tabs like a laptop. Just open a new tab and go to another topic. Back when I had a work life it could be challenging to see how many tabs I could open and still retain my sunny disposition.

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  6. markbialczak says:

    I ignore people sometimes and just keep working on my present task. I know, bad. But you asked, Joey.

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  7. Dan Antion says:

    My entire working life has been a series of long drawn-out projects. It’s not so bad. I’ll share my secret in a post at some point (it’s actually a topic in my drafts pile). For now, finish the pizza – at least you can bring that to completion – wash it down with something good.

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    • joey says:

      Great! I seriously almost called you out, because one, you have many projects and battle the weather, and two, you’re WISE. I almost called Craig out, too, cause he and I do similar work. I look forward to your post.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        I spent six years as a consultant. By definition, that job is moving from one thing to another, and getting interrupted any time there’s a chance to sell another thing. You learn how to do it or you get fired.


  8. marianallen says:

    #4 Daughter (Amazing) stayed here for a few days and said, “I can see why you don’t get much writing done.” The THIS and the THAT and the OTHERDAMNEDTHING…. ~whew~ I feel better now.

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  9. Amy says:

    I get sidetracked much too easily and start trying to multitask the projects I need to complete even though I know it’s more efficient to single-task. That’s one of my goals this year. To order my things in my day planner in a way that helps me stay focused on each “most important task” until it’s completed and then move on to the next one.

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  10. JoAnna says:

    I think I have a little ADD and often move from project to project processing the stuff that was my parents. Talking to myself like a loving but firm parent helps. “JoAnna, you are going to finish this pile, before you go to the next task.” In my old job, I got to put the phone on Do Not Disturb when I had a counseling session. That was really nice when I didn’t think about the paperwork piling up.

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  11. Anxious Mom says:

    I mastered a long-term project, and it was painful. I ended up making a list breaking it up into baby steps to check off each day, which helped. I typically need to finish in one go, otherwise I feel weird or lose momentum. The boy’s teacher was…amused recently when I had the task of redoing her class library and stayed all day instead of letting it be a two week deal where I came in for an hour or two at a time. Noooooo.


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