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How many windows do you have open?

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

I had a major moment of clarity this week: 

My stress is correlated to the number of windows I have open.

One window, loving life. 4 windows, flustered.  6 windows, stressed. 10 windows, volcanic meltdown.

Yes, I’m talking about how many projects/items are open on my computer. This may seem simple, but it’s taken me approximately four years to figure out. Too many open windows drastically depletes my peace-of-mind.

Alas, I can have a lot of work on my plate … as long as I don’t try to do everything at once!

I made great strides when I discovered the egg timer in March, but I slipped. More and more windows started to open. With the world’s quickness, it can be easy (for me) to lose focus and try to do too much at once. (Yikes, every piece of technology is beeping, bleeping and ringing at once!)

It’s my job alone to keep myself working the way I need to work! Not the way I think everyone else works. 

Dear world, I can only do one thing at a time. Period.

Do you need to remind yourself too?

With my 5th year of self-employment around the corner, I’m finding my groove, and accepting it’s probably slower than everybody else’s. I’m learning what works for me—and I’m acknowledging that going with it—instead of working against it, is the quickest path to success.

I can get it all done (even plentiful amounts of marketing!), but only when I keep my approach in-check. 

Is the approach 9/10ths of the battle?

Do you need to close a few windows?

What environment allows you to work best?


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