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October 29, 2008

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Millionaire Mommy Next Door

Oops, I think I put this comment in the wrong post. Let me try again.

I can so relate to this distraction phenomenon! So many choices, so much free time, so much indecision. But more than anything, I get caught up in "flow" activities, where the time whizzes by, and when I pause long enough to look at my watch, I'm astounded. That's when I sometimes wonder if I "should" have been doing something else...

RetiredAt47

I know I can get to stuck thinking on things, where some things seem to take on too much importance, especially when I'm home alone. If I notice this happening, I need to get myself out of the house.

As for the distraction factor, I suppose I am guilty but it doesn't really bother me. I still revel in the joy that I can do whatever I want. I'm sure this phase will pass at some point!

RetiredWithKids

I find just the opposite.

At work there were so many competing demands and deadlines. So many things that were required of me that I had to multitask. I did everything just well enough to be acceptable so I could get on to the next task.

Now that I am retired life is much simpler. I choose what I want to do. I find that I don't multitask as much (I also don't get as much done). I can concentrate on one project or desire at a time. I have the time to do it well - or at least as good as I want to do it. Time and outside demands no longer force my hand.

Dad

Dear Sydney:

I can't believe you were able to spend eight hours a day thinking about things your boss wanted you to think about. I could never spend more than 30 minutes at a time thinking about work without frequent breaks, of say 2 or 3 hours, thinking about stuff that really should be thought about, like politics, where am I going on my lunch hour, what's on TV tonight, has the boss left for the day, etc. Also, frequent telephone calls had a way of reprogramming many hours of the day causing me to spend hours hunting for some catalog or for some drawing, or trying to remember who needed drafting help because I have just the person. This aimless wandering around the office, looking very focused and task-driven was a convincing act. The only difference now is that I have GUILT FREE aimless wandering. It can be the most satisfying use of discretionary time. Whole days can be spent in guilt-free-aimless-wandering. And, the best part, is that most of the time it leads to finding something to do that is really way more fun than anything you could have consciously thought about.

Signed RetiredSyd's Dad

Retired Syd

RetiredSyd's Dad: Well now I know the meditation won't work--it looks to be hereditary!

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