21 August 2007

Mental Bandwidth

I'd forgotten how much mental bandwidth is eaten up by moving, settling in, etc. My brain is full of Things To Do, like fix the #$%^$# drier vent (again and again), install/replace window shades, change the addresses on everything (credit cards, magazines, utilities), find schools, pizza joints and figure out how to get from A to B when the main road is closed down... whew! You'd think I didn't know anything at all about simplicity.

I know I'll do some serious writing again some day, and I know it only feels like it's been forever, but wow, I suddenly realize I didn't really appreciate my job in NY and how much mental freedom I had...

But we'll get the boxes empty and the routine established again sometime soon. Well, maybe not soon, but sometime.

5 comments:

dad said...

Hi Dan: sounds like that 'dag gume' dryer vent is a continuous source of frustration.... I hate it when that happens.... when you try to 'fix' something, and it won't stay fixed..." Momma said ther'ed be days like this .. " Moving is an adventure but is never fun.... good luck...Dad

Rhet said...

You're probably already familiar with it, but just in case you're not, I recommend David Allen's excellent Getting Things Done (GTD) book. It provides one good method for helping manage the mental bandwidth issues. It won't help you get the driver vent fixed though! Cheers,
Rhet

Deb said...

Kevin has a very hand "Fix anything in your home" book ~ wish we were living closer and I'd send him right over to help you fix that vent!

Gabe said...

Man...I know its not funny, but it's kind of humorous watching the dryer vent escapade unfold for us readers.

I know that I didn't appreciate the mental freedom we had at the lab. Unfortunately, I haven't yet been able to return to that level of freedom. Looking back, it almost feels like we were in some kind of insulated bubble. I hope to find a place to work like that again someday.

lisa said...

Dan! Mental Bandwidth? Wow. That is the coolest term I've ever heard for...well... hmm... well, for mental bandwidth. Clearly my own mental bandwidth is nearing max capacity :)