Intentionally Working Without Electricity…
Because I Had No Choice!
It’s Women With Intention Wednesday again… which means focusing on something INTENTIONALLY, one step at a time.
Here’s the definition again:
Deliberately, purposely, knowingly**
I have to reiterate that honestly, for this whole MONTH of October, my focus is on overcoming obstacles and becoming more productive in multiple areas. In the areas of blogging and freelance work this week, I have been using my trusty offline paper notebooks and pen to categorize and prioritize all the work I need to do. Some how it helps me to actually write it down on paper instead of merely typing it.
Then this morning, I intentionally – though not my first choice for optimal work conditions – continued to work for about an hour WITHOUT ELECTRICITY! We’re having heavy rain and wind storms here in Maine, and as I was right in the middle of beginning my blogging for the day, the power went out!
Well, that first plan went out the window and joined the deluge outside! So my next bright ideas for intentional work and tasks I could do without power included the following:
Working on freelance work – I could do this on my laptop for as long as my battery would hold out, using the Word documents and templates I have set up. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have work for three different clients right now. This ongoing work includes:
Assessment writing and reviewing
Education blog posts
Lesson plan to accompany a literature book
Decluttering – I could do this if/when my laptop battery approached dangerously low levels, requiring me to shut it down, if the power outage lasted that long. Decluttering is an ongoing process, for sure. I have tackled hubby’s and my dressers and part of the main bedroom closet so far (before today). I thought I might get to the top shelf and the piles of stuff in baskets on the floor of the closet today…or back out to the livingroom and the space out there that still needs a huge amount of decluttering and reorganization.
Cutting out fabric – I could do this for various orders and projects with the light from a large battery-powered LED lantern. Using a rotary cutter, I would prefer to see what I’m doing, and it was almost as dark as night during the storm!
As it turned out, the power outage only lasted about an hour! I got through a good portion of one set of assessment questions. These particular ones are the analogy type I mentioned yesterday, that start off like this:
Exercising is to strengthening as
(A) falling is to tumbling
(B) working is to playing
(C) teaching is to learning*
(D) snowing is to melting
(E) brushing is to painting
And then obviously, I was able to return to my FIRST plan of the day, which was writing my blog posts! If you’re interested in checking out my other blog, today I wrote about Integrity: Choosing Right Actions Even When Nobody Knows!
So What About YOU?
Do you have alternate plans in place for times when the power goes out?
Does losing power and/or Internet service make you realize how dependent we are on technology and modern conveniences?