At first, I wanted to write about how busy I was the last few days and weeks. And then I stumbled upon this picture…
So, instead of complaining about how busy I was, I’m gonna list the activities that I have done / or not done and I’m going to look at it from different angle. Because, why not?
As of Monday last week, I have taken up Writing Class here on wordpress and every day, I try my best to come up with something for the challenges presented. The posts that I write are on a new blog that I created solely for this purpose (kylersamuels.wordpress.com) and you are welcome to come by and see my “creativity” in action. I put the creativity in quotes for a reason. Thing is, I first approached the challenges as if I were writing a blog, not a story and thus the first posts are personal and simply feel like a journal, not pieces of a story or stories. I still do appreciate any and all comments, because even if the posts feel more like a blogg, I still tried to put in the writing skills and complete the challenges and twists as they were set for us.
Writing comes easy to me most of the time and I am able to finish the daily challenge in about half an hour top once I do get to writing. What keeps me from writing effectively is my brain though. I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I constantly struggle with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and the way my brain keeps finding other things more important than those I am supposed to, or even want to, work on. This is especially bad when I am on a phone with one of my suppliers and he’s explaining something really important, but he’s going at it from a wide angle. My mind simply cannot keep the concentration for that long and I find myself wondering about million other things while the poor man is still talking. So I pretend I listened and ask just a few small questions to get the details right and then I spend the next half an hour wondering what the hell was he talking about for fifteen minutes…
I think I have mentioned before that I work for a quite big international company that supplies parts to automotive industry. I work as a Supplier Development Engineer and as such, I am constantly in touch with suppliers on all my projects (currently 6 projects and altogether some 65 suppliers). Our team is small, just four people. We have recently been taken from Purchasing Department and put into Quality. As much sense as it makes, it created few problems. Our former boss, for example, wasn’t in charge of only us but also one other small team. Thus, we have a new boos. One of my colleagues was promoted to assume the job of the team leader. He’s not completely bad, I suppose, but after one year of knowing how he himself works, I cannot adjust to him being my “boss”. Another of the colleagues resigned and his contract will expire by the end of September. So, out of four, there is only me and other colleague left. I am here for a year, the other one half a year and our “boss” assumed that since he’s the leader, he’ll stop working on his projects and give them to my colleague that had no project of his own yet. We do have a trainee now that helps with few things, but the reality is, we are overloaded right now. There should be some new team members arriving next month, hopefully, but until then, we’re swamped.
And it is at this time, that I took upon myself to challenge myself in writing, both the daily challenges here on wordpress and also on my fanfiction site. So, I keep saying I am busy to do this or that, but truth is, I am just extremely lazy to do certain things and if I don’t want to do something, my brain keeps staying occupied with something else entirely.
But, at least I still find the time to play my computer games when I get home, I am also currently rewatching some old TV shows, I write and I constantly think about what I will write next. And somewhere in between, I find time to get some work done as well – when I put my brain on leash and put an effort into staying focused on work instead of all the new youtube videos, wordpress posts, facebook, pictures, google, wikipedia and million other things that always seem more interested then the last one. :-D
Now, I want to go back to the picture above… From now on, I want to promise myself to always find time for things that important, to care about things and people that are in my life, to stop being practical at least sometimes and to put my mind more into writing and less into mindless replaying of games that I know by heart and watching series that I know by heart.
Oh, and i want to start being a little bit more proactive and less socially akward. So, today, I want to reach out and I am asking anyone reading this, again long, post to comment whether you are a busy person and how you deal with it, if the picture above fits you in some ways and if you want to do something about it. :-)