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The Week in Pieces #16 - The Washing Machine Of Your Mind

I am now, as for the majority of the last week, blocked. I’m stuck. I can’t get started. I have no plan. I have no idea what this week’s newsletter will be about. I don’t know how, when or if I’ll be able to send it out. I am devoid of any kind of idea or inspiration, and I can’t see a start, middle or end. I’m not able to focus and my attention keeps wandering. Half way through typing each sentence I have to use every ounce of will to remember what the end should be. Every instinct I have is telling me to go and do something else. Probably get some kind of snack.
It’s not the first time I’ve been in this situation, and it won’t be the last. The surprise isn’t that it happens, it’s that it doesn’t happen more. Like everyone, I have a lot of competition for my focus and attention. The demands of a full time job. A long list of incomplete household tasks. A family that would benefit from more attention that I’m currently giving them. A phone in my pocket, beeping and burbling to tell me hundreds of things a day that I’m better off not knowing. Oh, and an ongoing global pandemic. And an impending climate disaster. And my knee’s a bit sore, should I see a doctor about that? Or is it age? Everything spins around in what Dylan Moran describes as “being in the washing machine of your own mind. Thinking ‘What’s this? When does it stop? Am I enjoying it? I don’t know. Oh, it’s time to go to sleep. I can’t, I’m too worried.”
Whenever I struggle with focus, my first instinct is to regard myself as deficient in some way. Everyone else is able to do this stuff, I just need to be better. That’s my perception, but the reality is that most of the time I am able to balance all these competing priorities, and like everyone I do it without noticing. It’s natural to have feel overwhelmed and inundated from time to time, but its better to view these episodes as moments of clarity rather than a crisis - my brain is making me stop, and acknowledge what my current cognitive workload is. If that workload seems unrealistic, the best thing I can do is intervene, make the necessary adjustments, and breathe out.
Dave Snowden: Four Things Leaders Need To Do In A Crisis
The Oxymoron of “Data-Driven Innovation” – Chelsea Troy
Understanding the value of recognition in the workplace | by Arshiya Malik | Aleria | Medium
How To Remember Anything Forever-ish
Dylan Moran & The Washing Machine Of Life | Friday Night With Jonathan Ross | Dead Parrot
Dylan Moran & The Washing Machine Of Life | Friday Night With Jonathan Ross | Dead Parrot
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Piers Campbell

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