As you know, I often use this blog as a brain dump. Stuff that's on my mind or things that I want to work out, you know. I just start a post and write. I don't always know where it's going.
One of the things I'm thinking about is taking down Mister Product. It's fun, but also a distraction. I can do product posts here when I feel like it. I've done that before, so why not? I also want to see Swedelife grow. If I'm going to keep it, it needs to take off. So far the traffic is steady, but not really going anywhere. So I think that in order to have it blossom, I'd have to start posting songs from other artists. Bands that aren't part of the "collective". I don't do these things to entertain myself. It costs too much for that to be the case, so the blogs need to at least pay for themselves.
Another thing I want to do is concentrate more on the one thing thing. Either for me or for my work. Part of the process is standing firm and saying no as much as possible. Being a strong filter for bullshit is key.
Simplifying ones life is way more difficult than it seems. We are trained to fill every moment of day with something, anything, everything. The radio needs to be on, a computer in the lap, the tv on, the phones, books, noise. Our minds race with input. Removing one thing means that the void left over needs to be filled. We are consumers. We consume. For some unreasonable reason we must constantly feed ourselves with stuff. I think I'm more guilty than anyone. But you probably feel the same about yourself. That's usually how it goes.
When I was consulting for Sears during the last millennium, I asked to watch their sales training videos to get a better idea how to translate their philosophy to an online experience. There was lots of great information presented, but one thing stuck out. They said that the most important thing you can do in life is take care of yourself. If you don't take care of yourself, how can you take care of others, let alone your career? I'll never forget that. This means that you must minimize distractions and then the time you have to do things for yourself first. Health first, well being, mindfulness, finances, then family, then career. You know all this. We all do. But do you do it? Do I? I've been floating in and out of this mindset for what seems like forever. For so long now that there's no way I could allow myself to say that I'll ever do it. At least not to an extent that will seem right. If I do it, I will do it privately.
There now, my brain is sufficiently dumped. Thanks for indulging me.