Friday, September 25, 2009

Focus, lad

The last few days have been characterized by my trademarked lack of focus, resulting in much frustration. Yesterday I spent hours trying to create a dynamic HTML menu for the Internet Review of Books's Archive section. It's hard, but it's possible. I have done them before. Does the web site need it? No. Are there more important things to do? Yes.

Then there is the book I promised to review for October that makes me want to beg for mercy. It's 400 pages (300 to go!) of excessive detail on—on—what’s the topic again? My pattern lately has been to pick up the book, read a couple of pages, despair at how many are left to go, then close the book and turn on my Kindle, where James Lee Burke and Tin Roof Blowdown await. But while murder in the bayou is more interesting, it inspires a degree of guilt that I'm getting nothing constructive done. So after a while I'll lift dumbbells or check my email or Google Janelle Moloney because she has the cutest damn smile on West Wing. Recently I interrupted my work to make a list of commitments I should try to get out of in the next year so there'll be more time to write. That list is around somewhere, and I should really stop writing and find it.

One thing worth dropping is Twitter. Yes, it probably has value, but it also sucks up a disproportionate amount of time. My Twitter friend list, or whatever it's called, is up around 750. I'd tweet now and then, always linking to my blog, but who is really paying any attention? The friend invitations would come in, and I'd always click the link to see if they looked legit. If so, we became friends. If not, I deleted the invitation. Each time was an interruption of a couple of minutes in my day, and they added up.

There's more to say, but first I have to check my email.


Helen said...

There are so many time-suckers, as you say. I keep looking to see what I can drop. I'll probably keep Twitter. I don't spend much time on it.

Straight From Hel

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Uh-oh - I identified with this post a little too closely. Please be sure to let me know if you come up with a lack of focus cure!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

One reason why I never review books!

And I've never gotten the whole value of Twitter either, but at least it's not a big waster of time.

I was on the road/in a plane for the better part of the past few weeks and it did teach me how to better structure my time. There were things online I simply didn't have time to do, even with a laptop along, and I realized they were not necessary.

ENIAC 4-eva said...

I can see why people leave Twitter. I don't quite see why they start using it in the first place.