Things I’ve discovered about chickens over the bank holiday weekend:
- They love spaghetti – cooked, cold spaghetti (seriously, they go mental for it)
- They love dandelion stalks – Granny Featherwax chased me down the garden, flapping up at me, to get hold of the dandelion I was carrying
- Bananas are awesome treats, as are grapes that are going slightly squishy
- Chickens drink a lot of water
- Chickens poo a lot
- They are very nosy and very friendly
- When faced with a cat, they form a phalanx and advance menacingly (at which point said cat decides they’re not that interesting anyway)
- If you put a bag of grapes on the top of their coop, they go mental trying to climb up to them
- Chickens are dinosaurs – seriously, if you ever meet anyone who denies evolution (apparently they do exist), tell them to go and look closely at a chicken
The thing about chickens is, they see something they want – usually food-related – and they go after it single-mindedly. Probably because chickens have very tiny brains and can only focus on one thing at a time.
But we humans aren’t so different, you know… we can only focus productively on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking doesn’t exist; we simply can’t process two sets of complex information at the same time.
So don’t. What do you want to achieve? That dandelion stalk there? Excellent. Then go for it with the single-minded determination of a chicken. Abandon all extraneous tasks that won’t take you closer to that dandelion stalk, and for two solid hours, do nothing except the things that will bring it closer.
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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS Would you like to meet Amelia Egghart, Nanny Egg, and Granny Featherwax? Watch this little video. I’ll admit, it’s a bit like one of those boring videos people take of their babies, when the only person interested is the parent… but if you keep watching, you’ll be treated to an extreme close-up of Granny Featherwax at the end. She loves the camera…