This whole “starting a blog” thing feels like a big step, and it’s more exciting than I expected it to be. Now remind me, why did I put this off for so long??
Ok, so, I’m writing a book. And I think that if one is writing a book that one eventually wishes to share with other people, one needs a blog, hence this first exciting post! I’ve got a number of chapters written, and now I’m threading them together. It’s going along ok, but taking MUCH longer than I expected. Possibly because I get distracted if a dust mote floats by.
That’s not actually true. In fact, I’m one of those (fortunate?) people who can, if I’m motivated, concentrate through a lot of noise and ruckus around me, to the point where someone may have a hard time getting my attention. I think this skill was developed through years spent in school dormitories, trying to study while my dorm mates walked down the hall outside my room singing at the top of their lungs. It got to the point where I didn’t even need the walls of my room – I could go to a lobby and study, with a group of my fellow students clowning around me.
The real problem is, there are so many things I want to accomplish on a medium- to long-term basis, I’m getting none of them done. What could be more important than writing my book? Well, nothing… but there are things that I want to get done, even if the book never gets written.
So what’s the best way? Do I pick one thing and do it till it’s done? Or do I allot a few hours a day/week to each of two or three things? Or do I do one thing til I’m tired of it and then move on to another thing? The latter appears to be my chosen method so far, but it doesn’t feel like it’s working.
It depends on the to-do list, you say? Ok, here it is, in no particular order.
- Write a book (a series, but let’s start with one), blog, learn to self-publish, and self-publish.
- Do the paperwork necessary to get citizenship in my country of residence.
- GET. RID. OF. STUFF.
- Lose weight.
- Get fit.
- Sort and organize thousands (I wish I was kidding) of digital photos.
- Do simulation investing on Investopedia until I’m comfortable with real life investing.
- Ok, this list is getting too long.
Now you want to know how far along I’ve gotten in each of these tasks.
The first three are the most pressing. First, the book. I’d say it’s … three-quarters done? Except it’s hard to know. Second, the paperwork is getting done; maybe I’m halfway through that. Although I can’t be sure until it’s actually accepted, since they can always tell me I need something more/different. As for #3, that’s on-going apparently forever. About the best I can say is that I often consider buying something of the organizational type, and then don’t because I think “We don’t need more stuff!” We have plenty of storage space in our place, and our stuff should fit in it easily.
Losing weight – not even started. Nuff said. Regarding getting fit, I swim 45 minutes a day 5x/week. I’m an intermediate swimmer – no competing in my future. We don’t own a car, so I get several hours of walking in each week, 2 1/2 of which are to the pool and back. We don’t own bikes, either. Big cities with decent public transport FTW.
Digital photos – I LOVE taking them!!! Not, however, so fond of sorting them. Haven’t even finished sorting the photos from our last four-day trip, which was over 4 months ago. Maybe… 1/4 of the way through that task overall.
Investing – haven’t even started.
So… how would you go about tackling that list?