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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Losing Your Mojo?!

So, the hoopla of New Year's is fading, and you're realizing that some of your resolutions are as well!  Well, don't despair, just shift your perspective a bit.  I really found Jones Loflin's and Todd Musig's book "Juggling Elephants" really helpful.  Their premise is that life is like a circus (I know, doesn't sound that original, but be patient ;-) and you are the ringmaster.  But, the ringmaster cannot be in all three rings at the same time, so you need to focus on starting a quality act in each ring, then allowing 2 of the 3 rings to take a back seat while you concentrate on 1 of the rings, then shift around, just like the ringmaster at a circus!  For example, I have hardly been in the computer ring this month -- the blog, the website, the FB page, etc., all need some attention, but the only way I was going to be able to produce some quality samples for Looped Yarn Works (and hence some new wonderful patterns!) was to focus almost exclusively on them.  Now, the trick is to shift back to the computer before things get too stale there.  (And, I have to admit, the family/friends ring has been getting a lot of attention lately too, but that's really what it's all about now, isn't it?!)  I really like their "3 D" technique as well -- Delegate, Delete, Delay -- for when I am feeling overwhelmed. Question how any task you choose to undertake will help you accomplish your purpose. Take greater accountability for what you do-and don't do.

Ok, your action item today is to figure out your three most important rings and which one you want to concentrate on this week.  Check out the authors' website and blog for more words of wisdom and pick up a copy of the book here!

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