Beat The Clock- Hard Decisions Edition

Music sets the mood. I Am A Man by the Spencer Davis Group is playing in the background and I am trying to clear my head so that I can do the work that needs to be done.

I am on deadline in multiple areas and places.

Got six articles that are due within the next few hours and day. Got hard decisions to make about life, career and kids. Got chaos and clutter swirling around me and I feel like I am both master and slave to it all.

The music is moving me and I am starting to dance in my seat a bit. Probably look ridiculous to everyone else but in my mind’s eye I am cool, slick and in control. Confidence is building that I am going to figure the out the right answers to these questions but I admit to being concerned.

Sometimes there are no road maps to follow and all you do is blaze a trail. I am good with that for me, used to it but I am cautious about it with the kids. Don’t want to wrap them in invisible bubble wrap because you can’t and I won’t cripple them. They need to learn to roll with it, but I am dad and I wonder.

Six articles, what am I insane? Can I meet the challenge of time and quality? Can I get it done. Yeah, I will becuase I don’t give myself any other options.
This SOC post is a warm up. It is me stretching out and finding my rhythm so that I can do what needs to be done.


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spell checking. This is writing in the raw.
Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
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  • Jules

    Wandering by from SOCS …

    I used to always do better when I had more to do – spare time, or at least too much of it, always got me in trouble.

    You can do it!

    • Jack

      Hi Jules,

      Yeah, sometimes the worst thing for me is to have too much time. I get more done under pressure.

  • a.eye

    Good luck to you on your mission to complete the assignments and in trying to not tightly wrap your children.

    • Jack

      Thank you A.Eye. Mission Accomplished. Hope you had a great day.

  • Louise Ducote

    I’m amazed at how much you can write in five minutes! Enjoyed this!

    • Jack

      Hi Louise,

      I am just talking with friends and that makes this easy. You do a fine job of it too.

  • Samantha Brinn Merel

    Good luck with all of your work. I so know the feeling of having so much to do, and giving yourself no choice but to do it all.

    • Jack

      Hi Samantha,

      Sometimes I kind of like the challenge of dealing with overwhelming odds, feels like I am a superhero.

  • Erin O’Riordan

    Good luck with your work! I know you can do it.

    • Jack

      Hi Erin,

      Thanks! I appreciate the vote of confidence.

  • jana

    This is wonderful. Honored that you chose to do SOCSunday as a warmup. I hope the creative juices flowed and you got all you needed to do, done.

    • Jack

      Hi Jana,

      SOC is one of my favorite posts to write. I am so very glad I joined everyone there.

  • Kenya G. Johnson

    Love this post JackB. I never thought of writing as a warm-up. Nice analogy! I think you’ve got this.

    • Jack

      Hi Kenya,

      I always see it as a warm-up. Blogging is where I start to stretch and get the blood flowing so that when I work on the “important stuff” the flow is where I want it to be. Hah! It sounds good, doesn’t always work, but…

  • Stan Faryna

    Great pace! Reminds me of Cake’s song…

    • Jack

      Hi Stan,

      I love that song, just works so very well for me. How are things?