Tuesdays continue to be our busy night of the week, and honestly probably my least favorite night.
Cross country practice is now out of the mix, but that means Asher’s piano lesson has moved back to Tuesdays. Last night an extra wrench was thrown in there, too, because Asher had a quarterly group piano class instead of his normal lesson.
So Ethan had piano from the usual 3:45-4:30, but then Asher’s was from 5-5:45 instead. Ethan had soccer (and it was our turn to drive the carpool) from 6:30-8 and then Asher had swim from 6-7:20.
busy busy busy.
The GOOD thing is that once Tuesday is over, the rest of the week is comparatively quite light. And in a way, it’s nice to sort of lump things together in order to have more breathing room on other days.
I semi-raced around dropping off/ picking up etc after school while simultaneously throwing together some spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for dinner. Ivan then did the soccer carpool while I got Asher from piano and over to the pool.
But then! After that, I realized something. I had a big chunk of unaccounted for time! Everyone in the family was occupied for at least the next 80 minutes, and I was all alone with nothing to do. 🙂 (Relatively speaking- I’m sure there were some things I “should have” or “could have” done. But nothing pressing.)
I needed to pick up a couple library holds, so I drove over there….and then as I checked out my books, I looked around the quiet library and thought, “I think I’m going to sit down and read!” So I did and it was quite lovely.
One of the books that was on my “2021 Book List” was called The ONE Thing, by Gary Keller. The tag line is “the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results”. I needed a new non-fiction, so I requested it.
I settled into a chair in the mostly empty “Reading Room”, next to the fireplace. (Minor detail, the fireplace was not on…😆 Oh well. I imagined that it was.)
I sat there and read about 50 pages! (It’s a pretty quick read so far.)
I liked the opening pages:
The basic premise of the book is that to be extraordinarily successful, you need to figure out what the ONE thing is that will make the biggest difference and really focus all your efforts there. The one thing can change as situations evolve with time, but you can’t be “focusing” on multiple things at once. Find that one thing and really concentrate your efforts there, and only there, and become a master of it. (Examples: KFC = chicken. Starbucks= coffee. Google= searching stuff.)
The book is full of little quotes interspersed in the pages, which I always enjoy. 🙂
Since I’ve read other books along these lines, I can’t say for sure that this book will really have any revolutionary information for me, but we’ll see! I still enjoy these types of books, for some reason. Even though I’m pretty sure I’m not on the path to be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, I still find myself fascinated with people who are extremely successful- be it in business, sports, whatever. SO interesting to me.
I also really liked this image which I think does a GREAT job of illustrating the detriments of distractions and interruptions:
A great visual! On a timeline, look how much longer the primary task takes when you get distracted and have to switch your brain gears back and forth a couple times.
By the time I left the library it was after dark.
What a nice little midweek treat!! 🙂
Are you reading anything good right now? I’m also reading Louise’s Penny’s A Fatal Grace which is great so far.
I am grateful for my new laptop! Seriously, it’s so amazing to finally have a laptop working how it is SUPPOSED to again.