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Find The Task You Can’t Stop Doing

As a kid, I was obsessed with video visual effects. I loved learning how to make gunshots look as real as possible in post-production editing software and I almost perfected making it look smooth and real.

Before I had even figured out what I wanted to do and what I wanted to go to college for, I had become somewhat knowledgeable in Adobe software. More specifically After Effects, Premiere and some Photoshop.

I started in Business, switched to Film and ended in Journalism where I am now.

Having that knowledge of editing software helped me not only in my current classes that involve media but also in my job in a communications position.

I recently had a project due that was our second video project of whatever we felt we could tell a story out of. I chose to do one of my friends’ clothing company.

While I was editing it in class, I had noticed something when it got closer to the end of class.

Even though I still had time to work on it, I had gotten into the editing zone and didn’t want to stop making the cuts that I thought looked the best, telling the story as best as I could and enjoying the sight of the timeline filled up and completed.

I always had envisioned a lot of future jobs for me, and one that has stayed far back in my mind but wasn’t totally invisible is a job as an editor.

I realized that job would work well for me because editing to me, while it may feel like a tedious task, feels so satisfying and I didn’t want to stop doing it once I had started on a project.

This short small moment made me realize while we may not always know what we want to do, we should look for the tasks and jobs that we don’t want to stop paying attention to.


Find your work zone

While we may worry that we aren’t sure what we want to do for a job, we may understand that what we will do as a career isn’t completely blind to us.

It is sometimes visible early on and we just have to find it and see what we can consistently do that is still new and interesting each time we do it as well as something we get satisfaction out of doing.

The same can be said for when I write.

I feel the tension of not wanting to be distracted. I understand that in this moment, if something else were to require my attention, it would need to pass a level of importance for me to actually decide to stop what I am doing and give that my priority focus.

It’s the things we do that cause us to say, “hold on” or “one second” when someone asks for our attention that we should be doing. These are the things that we get into a mindset of and don’t easily let ourselves become distracted.

On the other hand, you can see where this has the opposite effect.

If I am doing homework for a class that I am not enjoying, I may suddenly remember something else I had to do because my mind wasn’t completely there.

Or my roommate said something I overheard that I have a comment on.

Looking for and accepting distractions happen when we are doing something that we don’t feel needs our full zoning attention.

When we do what we can and should be doing, we ease our brains into this mindset and anything that would distract us, if we ignore it, we are prioritizing it and enjoying the satisfaction of completion.

If we accept distractions, we aren’t putting forth whatever work necessary for the task or we just believe our dedication to it is not as important to completing it.

Look for the zone that you get into and what others might see as tedious or annoying. If you see beyond that or better yet don’t experience it, this is a good thing. You see the satisfactory of it and that means it is something you can continually do and hopefully see yourself doing it for a lot more times to come.

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