The Rabbit Hole

An hour and a half ago, I sat down to do some of my professional development reading that I am determined to do every Monday morning. They want us to be “tech experts”, well, we need time to keep up on the latest. That’s my plan.

Once again, the reason why I don’t plan – I can never follow a plan! I constantly end up in “a rabbit hole” a.k.a.: “a portal to a strange and different world” – that’s me!

This was the rabbit hole that I fell into for an hour and a half:

I use Google Reader (love it) to keep all my RSS feeds in one place on the web and to quickly browse through and see things I want to read further. A great way to keep my professional development reading in one place.

I came across an article from lifehacker that tweeked my interest: Export all your Google Docs to a Zip File

This was interesting because I’ve been “worrying” about putting my all important documents up there on the web, and assuming that someone else would be backing it up. This calmed those fears. Plus, this also allows for users to very easily export documents in whatever format they want to use. Thus, allowing you to share documents with even more people!

This then lead to a quick email to my boss and a fellow Google Doc’s colleague, quoting the article and exclaiming that this was another reason to move to Google docs!

I also thought that this was interesting enough to post to colleagues on Twitter. So, I “tweeted” the article. This then automatically updated all my Facebook friends too!

I use Twitter to follow several people that I met at the Campus Technology Conference in Boston. This is because often they post articles about online learning. I want to keep up on what they have to say about it.

When I went in to “tweet” my Google docs finding, I took a quick look through these posts too!

One mentioned an article about the history of social networking. I read it and then had to re-tweet it!

While this went on, there was an email from another colleague suddenly coming in and saying that he wanted to go to Microsoft Live for similar reasons. Then came another email from the original colleague about the battle between Microsoft and Google.

This got me to thinking about all of my online services like Twitter and Google Reader and this blog and my role in supporting users in finding and using these. I then started searching for tools that allow a person to manage his or her online presence. How does one keep track of all this “stuff”? How does one figure out what the best tools are? How do I advise people on what to use?

Basically, what I’ve been doing is trying to use all the tools myself so that I can give educated advice!

Needless to say…….

A ton of websites and a couple in-person discussions with my trusted co-workers here brought me to one conclusion:

How in the heck did I get so distracted and meander my way down this rabbit hole only to find that there is no one-stop solution!!

Guess I’ll continue my crazy running around all over the ‘net, where everything seems to be multiplying like rabbits!

Getting at it…

There are so many ideas going around in my head – stuff I want to do, things I want to write, projects I want to work on, quilts I want to make, books I want to read, races I want to race, songs I want to hear, smiles I want to smile, tears I want to cry, accomplishments I want to accomplish.

Do you ever have that feeling when you have so many things going on and you just want to get at them, but don’t know where to begin?

Sometimes, I feel so excited and I flit from place to place. FlyLady calls people like me, butterflies. Flitting from place to place making the world beautiful for the seconds that we land. I like that. I start and stop one thing, only to flit to another without the first being completed and so on. Sometimes, that is fine with me, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes people around me don’t mind, but sometimes they do.

I know it’s the way I am. It’s the way I’ve always been. I always want to be involved in so many things! I’m so afraid of being left out! I would start so many “projects”. I was such a nerd! Well, maybe “was” isn’t a good word since I kinda still am a nerd.

So many things, so little time. The worst of it is, I need at least 8 hours sleep to function! If I could skip the sleep part, I could do so much more. Sometimes, I feel frustrated and overwhelmed and ANNOYED that I can’t do it all! It ticks me right off! I often say “there are not enough hours in the day”

I think that’s why I get so frustrated at work and even at home or even with my personal life. I have so many ideas to make it better. I want SO MUCH to make it better. It can be better dammit! So…I start one idea or decide how I’m going to tackle a problem and WHAM! I am blind-sided by yet another problem or situation and I am easily distracted with it! If I could just say…”wait, I will get to you when I’m done with this…” man, would it be better for me! But no…I try and try to make everyone happy and try and try to do absolutely everything!

I guess I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have 3 or 4 books started, myriads of webpages bookmarked to “read later”, quilting projects started but not finished, 6 magazines partly read, rooms partly organized, many different work projects started but nowhere near completion, To-do lists pages and pages long. Even for my workouts – I NEVER do the same thing twice in a row…or even in a week. Maybe in a month I’ll do something again.

It’s not that I get bored. (I don’t recall being bored in the past 20+ years!) No, it’s not boredom that makes me flit about. It’s the fact that suddenly I’ll say to myself…”ooo-now there’s something new!” or “wow, I could do that!” or “gee, let’s find a way to fix that for you” or “Let’s put out that fire”….

Sigh….guess I’d better get at it! Got distracted quite a few times while writing this! I see the time zone is wrong. It thinks I wrote this at 4:11 a.m. Gotta fix it!