Ever noticed how ‘resolution’ has a bit of intimidation associated with it? Like you HAVE to follow it through, come what may? Whereas the word ‘intention’ has a more mindful, measured tone. Don’t ask me why. It’s probably in the semantics.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is to say that I am going into December with an intention and I am starting it early; this week, in fact.
For people like me, bloggers and work-from-home souls, there’s always that tendency to let work hours and home hours overlap. There is no commute to set that clear distinction between the two. Where does one end and the other begin?
At the back of my mind, I’ve been feeling that slight twinge of overwhelm. One reason is the fact that I am handling a lot of things. The other reason, is I am getting messages from multiple channels.
Now, I don’t mean that in the cosmic sense. I mean, quite literally, I get messages from multiple channels- WhatsApp, Instagram, E-Mail, Facebook Messages, Twitter tags- and it’s extremely tough to answer all of these and stay on top of messages.
I’ve tried telling people/clients/bloggers gently, firmly, kindly that I prefer only e-mail communication but it doesn’t work. Even if the regulars remember, there’s always a few more who send me messages everywhere else. And then it’s an endless loop of keeping track of who sent me messages where.
For someone like me who is a bit of a perfectionist (which I am working on, by the way), unanswered messages make me edgy. As a result, I have piles of unanswered texts and messages everywhere. I miss important communications from family because they get buried under the avalanche of other Whatsapp Messages/ Facebook Messages and Instagram messages.
The realisation is this: no matter how much I try, this isn’t going away, unless I physically delete every other app from my phone.
Now that is not practical, for a number of reasons.
Which is why my intention, going forward, is this:
- To only respond to e-mail messages from clients/bloggers as much as possible(and not the flurry of tags/messages on other channels)
- To only access my phone and laptop between the hours of 9 AM and 7 PM.
Reading the book, Ikigai, helped me realise that I am over-complicating my life when it can be simplified. Peace and happiness are within my grasp and yet I go out of my way to complicate it.
Also, if there is any hope that I have of moving forward on my chosen path- as a budding entrepreneur or an aspiring author (yes, that dream is still ticking)- I need to re-assess where I stand in this space.
And make space and time for the things that truly matter.