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Time Management and Procrastination

It happens to the best of us at times. We know what it is that we need to get done, but…

“Oh, look… Something shiny!”

Writers joke about this ALL THE TIME, because we all do it. We get to a certain point within our manuscripts and that shiny, new idea calls to us, distracting us. But sometimes, this phenomenon happens in our everyday lives, too.

That’s what happened to me this week. I found myself procrastinating in a big way, avoiding all the tasks that I was meant to be doing.

I know it. I recognize it. I own it. It is what it is.

But for the #DigitalDetox challenge, that means a repeat for the week. But I’ve taken a sneak peak at the challenge ahead, and I can easily fit that one in too, and the only reason I say this… It’s try a new food.

Seriously, a challenge with trying a new food is going to be so easy! I love eating. And I love exploring the different foods out there. I do it ALL THE TIME! So, I’ve elected to twist it, doing something that I already do, but pushing myself.

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#DigitalDetox Challenge 6: Walk up a hill

I’m not going to lie: I was nervous about this one. I was really looking forward to it, but I wasn’t certain if my knee was going to hold out long enough for me to complete it.


I was sore the next day, that’s for sure, but I did it and it felt good. It gives me hope that my husband and I might be able to return to a joint passion — at least in some capacity.

Let me give you some of the history.

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#DigitalDetox Challenge 5, and I’d like to forget the week

Each of these #DigitalDetox challenges are meant to be a way for me to explore a part of myself that has been long forgotten. Not only am I doing things that disconnect me from the internet world, even for a short time, but I’m also doing some activities that I had once done and no longer do for whatever reason.

This last week has been an emotional roller coaster. I started the week with the pressure of trying to finish an editorial contract (a big job), but we were still under Level 3 lockdown (more on that below). Other tasks were piling up, and the energy was gone. And I knew I needed to put the #DigitalDetox challenge into the mix, so I forced myself.

This week’s challenge was to draw a self-portrait. I’m not artistic in the visual sense, so unless I wanted to resort to drawing stick figures, I chose another approach.

Instead of creating a visual self-portrait, I chose to create a literary self-portrait. I won’t be sharing the literary self-portrait with the world, but it was an interesting exercise.

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#DigitalDetox Challenge 4: Meditate for 30 Minutes

It’s the second week at attempting this challenge and I can honestly say that I’m now eating slower.

Yep, you read that right: eating slower.

I know it sounds odd, but I found a meditation practice that is performed while eating. And I like it!

Even as I write that, I’m giggling at the bizarre nature of that statement, but it turns out that meditation is the practice of focused breathing. There is no reason why it should be performed sitting in the lotus position with your eyes closed and doing absolutely nothing for hours on end. Meditation actually comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s just a matter of working out what forms of meditation work best for the individual.

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#DigitalDetox Meditation and Lockdown… NOPE!

This week’s #DigitalDetox challenge was to meditate for 30 minutes. I tried… I honestly tried, but every time I thought about getting in the meditation challenge, there would be another distraction.

First, it would be the cat, who I swear had been given an energy pill and let loose on a sleeping household. Then it was the hubby, quickly followed by the son being evicted from his bedroom by the hubby working from home. And come the afternoon, it was the daughter and her online dance classes.

Yeah, it turns out that online dance classes (conducted over Zoom) are a thing. And there’s only so much concentration that one can get while listening to fast jazz music while the teacher is shouting out the names of dance moves in French. (I so hope that none of that actually went into the client’s manuscript I was editing at the time.)

When I tried to piece it all together, there just wasn’t a nice window of opportunity. But I suppose that was this week’s lesson.

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#DigitalDetox Challenges, Lockdowns and Teenagers… Oh My!

I’m at the end of the third week of my #DigitalDetox challenge adventure… and talk about adventures. Things got totally derailed in ways that were expected, just not this soon. And it made doing the little challenges within my little #DigitalDetox coloring book all the more important. Because it gave me time to breathe!

So… This week, not only was I attempting to finish last week’s challenge of writing someone a letter, but I had this week’s challenge of spend 30 minutes looking at the clouds. AND my home country of New Zealand decided to go into Level 4 Lockdown in the middle of all of this, thrusting two teenagers into home learning situations again.

Yeah… Life is always filled with unexpected turns.

So… Here’s how the week went.

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