Changing Directions

(Updated May 13, 2022) – It’s been a month since I last posted. I’ve been sitting with the idea of this blog, wondering if it was really the direction I wanted to take. I know I want to do something to use my skills to benefit others. Yes, we are at a time when “Jack of All Trades” is no longer a derogatory term used for career generalists. It’s an asset now to have multiple skills as your career foundation, and although specialized skills are still important and in high demand, so too are the Jack and Jill of All Trades.

This is why I wanted to write about multitasking in modern times. The ability to multitask is a skill many people lack but, I think, need to survive in today’s economy. However, these last few “COVID years” have changed many things about me, and astrology has led the way in teaching me about myself and the world around me in new ways. This has been the gift in the midst of so much grief and uncertainty. In fact, I don’t believe it’s a stretch to say that nothing teaches compassion and tolerance quite like astrology, which is something I intend to explain in this blog at another time.

My Life Started Changing Before COVID

In 2019, I stopped drinking alcohol and eating meat. In 2020, when COVID hit and I lost both of my jobs, I spent my time discovering plant-based cooking, experimenting with tasty teas and mocktails, and studying astrology.

Astrology has taught me how and where to watch myself, my motivations and inner machinations, and the world around me. Seeing myself under this light has changed my life for the better in ways that are unbelievable until you experience it yourself. This is what I want to share, my journey through astrology. I hope that these insights can inspire and encourage others to discover things about themselves through the personal blueprint astrology offers.

My goal is to offer a bridge to astrology by connecting readers with basic resources, beginning with well-known and popular sites that offer free natal charts requiring only the time, place, and date of your birth (included in my next post). I will share the podcasts I listen to and love, the books I have read and am reading, the magazines and newsletters I subscribe to, the youtube channels I watch, and anything else I think you’ll find helpful. I will also explain why I selected what I did and what you don’t have to spend money on.

As for Life in Harmony, that is still this blog’s theme. For me, life in harmony means a healthy balance between work, recreation, and solitude. As I emerge from COVID, appreciating life and welcoming spring, I realize how much my attitude about life has changed over these past few years. Balance is a top priority for me now, instead of running myself like a machine as I used to do.

Recreation means a lot of different things to different people. The key is to identify whatever helps you to relax and feel at rest. For me, it’s time in nature – walking, hiking, camping, boating, picnics, swimming, fireside chats, and such. Find what makes you feel most at peace and schedule it into your life if you have to, but don’t deny yourself the much-needed energy and joy that follows a truly restful state.

And that’s where solitude comes in. Never have I appreciated solitude so much, and now I can’t live without it. I don’t want or intend to become a hermit (I’m a Sagittarius, after all), but I have come to understand how necessary being silent and alone is to my personal development. Prolonged solitude together with astrology put me in deep connection with myself and opened my world in ways I will describe in this blog as I go along. For now, I’ll stop here.

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Starting Over

Making a decision to freelance came with knowing I would have to learn many new things to survive in this new terrain. There’s real comfort in the illusion of certainty that comes from an employer’s paycheck. Was I ready for this change from relative security to perpetual uncertainty? The list of new things I needed to learn seemed endless, and I felt overwhelmed before I started. I’ve come to understand that feeling a bit out of control is a normal function of change. I also know that the key is in starting with one small step at a time, and that same list that almost ended a new career before it started is the basis for this post.

CREATING NEW HABITS

Change often involves forming new habits. Habits are about repetition: doing the same thing over and over again until you don’t even realize or think about what you’re doing anymore. Once your actions become automatic, you know you’ve created a new habit. Like making tea or coffee in the morning. How many of us are half asleep while filling the kettle with water? It usually takes that first cup to really wake up. Yet we don’t get up and think about what to do. We just get up and make the coffee. It’s a habit. 

LISTS: THE MULTITASKER’S KEY

If you don’t already do it, try creating a weekly list. I’m a huge list fan because it helps to keep me focused and accountable. 

Once a week I dedicate time to creating a weekly agenda in the form of a simple, bulleted list of everything I want to accomplish that week. Whatever I don’t finish gets carried over to the next week. I tend to put the smaller, easier tasks on top and like to do them first. It helps me to avoid procrastination (they’re way more manageable) and gives me a quick sense of accomplishment as I mark them complete, with the added effect of inspiring me to tackle the bigger tasks next. For example, I put things like “Get contact information for New York Tax and Finance Department” on top and “Research Website Colors” closer to the bottom because I know it will take longer. This small action alone can make a huge difference in what you’re able to achieve in the course of a day. Remember to celebrate your accomplishments! This is the “Life in Harmony” part, which I’ll talk about in my next post.

RECAP

HABIT #1: Create a master list and review it once a week. Your master list should include everything you need to accomplish your goals, from action steps to supplies and equipment, memberships, and whatever else. You’ll be adding and changing things along the way, so don’t worry about it being perfect. Pick one day a week (I prefer a weekend day) and spend 30  to 60 minutes of uninterrupted time updating your list: cross off what’s done, carry over what’s not, add anything new, etc. Whatever day and time you choose to go through your master list, be consistent. You have a better chance of forming the habit if you stick to the same time and day. See you next time!

Multitasking Is No Longer An Option

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Welcome to my blog, Life in Harmony: Multitasking in Modern Times.

I’m a born multitasker. I’m also what you might call hyper-organized, which means I pay a lot of attention to calendars, commitments, and details. An astrologer might say it’s the Virgo stellium in my first house. Close friends and family would attribute it to my energetic metabolism. I say it helps me sleep better and sets the tone for the next day. 

I often see people struggling, really struggling, over simple things like scheduling or keeping an appointment. They overbook, forget to cancel, and hide from embarrassment, which only makes it worse. Being organized can change your image and attitude about what you do. It can literally change your life, noticeably for the better. Multitasking is also crucial for survival in today’s economy.

Many of us have opted to change our lives over the last couple of years. For some it was a career change, for others it may have been felt more personally. But change we have, in ways we’ve both surrendered to and chosen.

The good news is, staying organized is one of the simplest things to do and it’s actually fun. Why? Because you see immediate results, which adds fuel to your determination fire. Being organized also helps keep you sane while juggling multiple priorities – those things you have to do, like it or not.   

I’ve been through many changes in my life, so I don’t have the same level of trepidation that other people may have about starting over. It’s partly my love of organization (I’m a bit of a born bureaucrat) that makes change easier for me. However, I do understand what it’s like to be standing in completely unfamiliar territory, and I can tell you that my organizational skills have gotten me through it. The truth is, being organized only requires the creation of new habits and of course, discipline. This will be the subject of my next post.