I am easily overwhelmed. I have finally said it and I know it’s true. These days I escape to my car and sit in a sunny parking lot with my computer to get anything accomplished. Why? Because in my car in the parking lot at Billings Farm ( my favorite sunny spot when the cows are out), I get no wifi. No wifi means no interruptions. No time-sucking distractions that will pull me away from the work I need to do. I can’t write or answer emails, I can’t get messages. I can’t even access all the new social media I am supposed to be engaging in for the Job Bank.
So yes, I am easily overwhelmed, not from the work of my day but from the distractions that interrupt me.
Distractions have grown during COVID. Of course they have: we can’t really interact with people. I miss people— not screen people but real, unenhanced people.
I hate Zoom, I hate Zoom, I hate Zoom. Really, I do!
So I drive to my favorite sunny spot and I work quietly. I get a lot accomplished and I watch the cows until I am no longer overwhelmed, no longer fractured and weary, no longer in a space where useless interactions rule my day.
Tomorrow, I will address the stream of never ending emails and cull out the ones connected to people who need the Job Bank. Those I will respond to, the others I will delete. I will take a funny, enticing photo for my new instagram account to encourage you to follow the Job Bank. Please follow me: jobbank33. I will repost all the jobs I added to our job board yesterday to Facebook because I am told young people don’t use websites. My children assure me they don’t use Facebook either. TikTok anyone?
I will Zoom with a spotlight enhancing my face so I don’t look 101 and raise my hand to speak. I will share funny cat videos with friends and binge watch Netflicks.
Then I will head to Lebanon, sit in the parking lot at Hannafords and watch the masked unenhanced people going about their day. I just saw a woman wearing a skunk hat and a mask with whiskers and a young teenager slopping through the melting snow in pink fuzzy slippers.
I am easily overwhelmed but I am learning to cope.