So I was looking at the weather report the other day and I noted we were supposed to have ten straight days of beautiful, sunny fall weather here in Olympia. “GREAT,” I said to myself. I’ll write in the mornings and work outside on the urban farm in the afternoons.
So I got my to-do list out and familiarized myself with what had to be done and then I began. What followed that first day can best be described as “a little of this, a little of that and absolutely nothing completed.”
I was too scattered, pure and simple. I had no direction.
Bev came home that same day and provided direction. It just so happened that she was thinking about the urban farm while she merchandized stores that day, and she was thinking that we needed to list our “to-do” list according to priorities.
So that’s what we did.
WHAT’S THE POINT, BILL?
Well I’m glad you asked.
The point is the old “forest for the trees” cliché. We had lost sight of our primary goals and priorities because there was so much we wanted to do over the next few years…we had lost our way in a choking forest of desires and ideas. I mean, we want to double the number of quail next year, and we want to increase the quail business, and we want to dig a pond and put up a greenhouse and…and…and…and….
I had forgotten one of my own mantras…..start small….make small, doable changes…keep moving slowly with deliberation.
I want it all but I can’t have it all right now.
So suck it up and focus, Bill!
The number one priority….it’s not even close to number two…is to make sure the animals are safe this winter. That has to be done before anything else is considered.
The next priority is to build another aviary (or quailary as Bev calls them).
Everything else will have to wait until those two things are done.
SO NOW I HAVE FOCUS AND DIREC TION AGAIN
The weather is still cooperating and I’m on track.
How about you?
What are your priorities as winter approaches?
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll catch you next week.