A few weeks ago both Chris Brogan and Justin Kownacki, social media gurus, wrote blog posts about making drastic changes in their lives. Chris talked about having to take control over his life from all of the people pulling at his strings. I related to this, as I feel like I am just stuck in a pitiful routine. Work pulls my strings and is rather ho-hum. School is pulling at me as I am finishing my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I just feel like I’m not in control of where things are going. Actually, things aren’t going anywhere. I had (successful) neurosurgery to alleviate crippling pain, so now what? I haven’t figured out how to bounce back from that. The strings of facial pain have been cut. Now what?
Justin’s article talks about “ruthlessly downsizing” one’s life. His first step was to remove the Sports Illustrated link from his browser. He makes a great point that we spend so much time checking things like stocks, weather, and twitter that we push other things off that could help us. I really want to finish writing my book, podcast, blog, etc., but those “other” things in life just get in the way. Like Justin, I don’t feel like I’m succeeding at anything. I need to not fill my free time with clearing my TiVo and liking things on Facebook. So, I thought that I would go back to managing myself like a work project. I’m really trying to use Getting Things Done with OmniFocus… again. See, that’s the thing, I start getting organized, then forget to keep organizing my life.
I now have a huge list of things that need done. Now I just need to order and prioritize them. Spending a little time each day doing this really does increase your productivity. I just never seem to be able to stick with it. Other things seem to creep in, like working on my family tree of 1,300 people. The moral of all of this is that I want to have a purpose. Succeeding or accomplishing something that I am proud of would be wonderful. I want to feel like I’ve done something to ______. There is my dilemma. What do I want to do to make me feel like I am accomplishing something good?
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