recently, seth godin wrote this blog post titled pest control.
in it, he says, "a big part of doing your work is defending your time and your attention so you can do your work." i like that, and i think i might even say: a big part of doing your life is defending your time and attention so you can do your life.
right now, i'm in the beginning phases of some major streamlining: at home, at work, in my creative hours. and it is, indeed, hard to control the noise. with something demanding my attention all the time, i find i have to set some pretty firm boundaries for myself. i've limited my facebook time to 10 minutes a day. i don't watch or read the news unless something specific is important to me. i say no to invitations sometimes.
it feels strange to admit that i've chosen not to follow the news. and i have a really hard time saying no to invitations because i always think i'll be missing out. and just jumping on facebook for 10 minutes a day means i missed the announcement when a good friend's baby was born. but it means i have time to write for this blog. and it means i'm paying attention when i'm with my daughter instead of fooling around with my smartphone. and it means i have time to exercise--sort of. (i'm still working on that.)
i've got a lot more streamlining to do. and i'm curious: what boundaries do you set for "pest control"?