Distracted, or Why Can’t I Finish ANYTHING?!?!?

I just realized it has been over a month and I’m still reading a book titled, Unclutter Your Life in One Week. This struck me as completely absurd. I don’t think it’s the clutter that is the problem either. I just feel like I’m going so many directions. I have a stack of books I want to read. Projects to work on, and the basic life routines that have to be maintained, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. It seems like there is less and less time for all the leisure pursuits that I used to enjoy and I never seem to finish or accomplish anything. I’m full of ideas of things I’d like to do and plans I’d like to bring to fruition, but most will never even get started because I have too many things going already.

Yes, I admit there is a bit of clutter in my life. And I have cleaned a closet or two lately. But apparently I’m too distracted by many other books and projects to commit a week to decluttering. I care, but I just don’t seem to have enough time. Does anyone?

I find I often have to hurry through books because it’s time to return them to the library and I haven’t finished them. Maybe I waste too much time on media and the internet (someone once called it “screen sucking” and I always thought that so appropriate). But these are the ways we stay connected to one another now, so I enjoy my Facebook time. And I enjoy my blogging time as well, it has become a therapeutic outlet for me.

I do finish projects, I just feel it takes longer than it should, or I put things down and don’t return to them until weeks or even months later to finish. Perhaps I’m not the only one doing this these days? Each new thing seems so interesting, so compelling, it distracts me from the last, or I easily lose interest and don’t finish what I’m doing. Whatever it is, it is driving me to distraction.

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2 responses to “Distracted, or Why Can’t I Finish ANYTHING?!?!?

  1. Great Entry! I completely understand your post today! I had not heard the term ‘Screen Sucking’ before, however it really hit home. I must have a dozen projects going on at any given time and I never seem to get to the end of them. Frankly, I sometimes don’t see an end, as I seem to replace one for another once something is finally completed!

    I am of the opinions that that’s OK – I used to stress out about all of those little things, which in turn would trigger that old depression sensation. Now, I look at it as everything in it’s own time. After all…who says it wrong to have 5 great reads going on at once? I’m just a great multi-tasker!

    Regards,
    Wild Spirit

  2. Pingback: I’m living driven to distraction | an unfinished person (in this unfinished universe)

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