I wrote a to-do list last night that was so long and overwhelming that I promptly threw it in the bin. I’m not sure if I’d file that technique under stupidity or simplicity but either way it felt like the right thing to do.
So here I am, home with a bouncing floral toddler and her teddy, a cup of tea and fig toast and about ten looming deadlines. Yesterday I decided to steer clear of the laptop till both kids were tucked up in bed and you know what, it was the very best thing I could have done. My day wasn’t overly productive but it was rejuvenating – and a little mental reprieve was exactly what I needed.
Daniel is working in Sydney for the next five months (maybe longer); each week is mapped out a day or so before it begins. This scenario goes against my whole being; I prefer a well thought out plan, control and organisation. Despite my resistance the film industry has really unearthed a go-with-the-flow mentality in me; now I work day-to-day, embracing the present moment and small pockets of free time. When I sit down to write I do so with a focus and intention and hence work more efficiently (I have usually composed sentences whilst cooking dinner, waiting for coffee, folding washing…and they wait patiently for me to get them on the page).
In other news the book is almost finished – I’m currently working on an introduction and acknowledgements; the tying of loose ends before completion. I’ve seen the first draft and I admit, it was quite overwhelming to see my words and photos together in book form. I’m so grateful that someone gave me the push to finally get my work on the printed page; years of thoughts, observations and images together – a story of motherhood, yoga, simplicity and the seasons.
For now it’s back to stories about weddings and flowers, an article on challenge and a press release for a children’s clothing brand, a feature on the evolution of blogging, text for a new website and answers to some interesting questions.
So I mentally repeat to myself: “I am working on …….” – it’s the most practical way to stay mindful and on task.