What follows is my RFL for September just 15 days into a “Going Short and Deep” experiment I jumped into somewhat impulsively this month —an impulse I am now glad I gave in to! My goal was to cut back smartly on the time I spend online (which has been substantial). If you have the same goal but this is the first you are hearing about this, I encourage you to read this first and then come back here: Going Short and Deep, a 90-Day Experiment.
This past August 23rd was the 4th birthday of Talking Story.
I had a web site up for my business before August 23rd of 2004, however it was little more than an online brochure back then.
Therefore, I have always thought of Talking Story as the first born of what today is known as Ho‘ohana Publishing (HP), the publishing arm of my business that I refer to as Writing with Aloha, which is the tagline of HP. Since this blog was born HP has flourished in several different ways, with Managing with Aloha and Joyful Jubilant Learning as just two more sites in the family, and you are likely to hear about some current-generation reinventions quite soon.
For now however, this all serves as intro to what has become fact of life for me: I spend a LOT of time online. Our Ho‘ohana Community has blossomed into a very global one, and I think of the web as my backyard, one in a very large, fascinating, and dynamically changing neighborhood. It is a Sense of Place I could never have imagined I would have until it began to play out: This a great place to be.
A Mantra to Keep: Attention With Intention
Still, our attention may be one of the most valuable things we have, and I was finding I needed to honor mine.
You have seen this both here (in connection to the value of Ho‘ohana) and on Joyful Jubilant Learning this month (in connection to the theme of Citizen Publishing) and I think it is worth repeating, a definite keeper in my learning this month:
We each have a two-fold decision to make about our personal use of the web:
A 90-Day Experiment Seeking Attention Focus
In short, my 90-Day Experiment was to cut my time online down to only three hours per day and no more.
I feel this intense need to concentrate better, to think better, to stay away from the equivalent of energy bars and fast food meals, and to simmer within focused, intentional concentration on my work (on my Ho‘ohana).
My attentions right now are all over the place, at all times of day,
and I have to pare down, quality over quantity, going short and deep
with my learning.
Less choices, smart, careful choices, and each revered. Each intensely savored.
I have heard from several of you who have decided to dabble in a similar experiment of your own, and so I thought I’d log some of my early observations just 15 days into it.
Perhaps you can add any of yours?
1. First, I should have done this a long time ago! It is working for me because of the way my own daily rhythms seem to happen. I am a big planner, one of those people who likes to map her next day out by charting it with a review of the calendar the night before. Plotting my 3 hours is now part of the game for me; it’s become fun (and I am not one to ever discount having a bit more fun however I can find it!)