Where to start…

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 cheap cialis 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.

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I now cialis online 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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2 comments to Where to start…

  • The more I tinker, the more I realize there’s really only three likely “best practices” for easily-distracted people like us:

    1) Set aside a block of time for every major goal on your list. Spend half an hour a day, say, on each of them. You’ll keep nudging the ball forward instead of running with it, but at least you’ll know you’re making incremental progress toward each goal.

    2) Minimize your goals. Instead of trying to accomplish 10 things at the same time, boil it all down to 3 (at most), and invest yourself in them for the long haul until they’re done. When you accomplish one, great; THEN decide if you want to do another item that fell off your list, or if you want to allocate that time to the 1 or 2 remaining goals you have.

    3) Forget about goals altogether. Just enjoy the day. This is nearly impossible if you’re a results-oriented person, but if you can avoid the guilt factor, it makes life much more pleasant when you DON’T feel obliged to be “productive” every day.

    Pick one approach. Try it for a month, with no variations. If it works, stick with it. If not, try a different approach. At worst, 3 months from now, you should get SOMETHING done, somehow…

    Good luck!

  • A wise man I helped with music and a magazine once told me that he always made sure he did one thing towards the out of work goal each day. Something of a baby steps approach.

    I find myself in a similar situation. I’m attempting to accomplish certain goals but find life drags my feet for me, but it’s important stuff like my family and the keeping the cafe running. So I think patience is the key overall.