Before you even ask, yes I’ve fallen down on my job. We returned from our extended vacation late last Monday night at which point I should have begun religiously using the timed to do lists I have printed out. But I didn’t. And I have no solid reason for why I didn’t. I can offer up excuses, but what it boils down to is this – I drastically overestimate how much I can do in one day. I start almost every day assuming I’m going to get way more done than I do and I know the list will help me overcome this. However I’m afraid of instituting the list because:
- I fear the discrepancies in my estimates of how long tasks should take versus how long they actually do. What if I can only cross off 3 things every night? And even more worrisome – WHY do I care?
- I don’t want to feel confined by a list. I realize the whole point of my 12 months of giving things up is to institute some self discipline, so this is an internal conflict. I feel like I’m playing both the role of child and parent.
I could go on, but all other concerns stem from these two. I’m fed up with my own excuses though, and have instituted the list (thus this blog post was born). I’m also planning on trying out a couple of these tactics, as much as I am not looking forward to it, in order to help me prioritize the lists. I quickly realized that this was going to take longer than one month to properly give up, so I will continue to report on my progress until I feel I’ve sincerely put forth a genuine effort to give it up. Hopefully by then I will have made some long lasting adjustments to the way I structure my days.
And yes, in case anyone was wondering, I do see the irony in the fact that giving up procrastination is taking longer than I expected. On the bright side by choosing such a juggernaut goal in January, I have learned my lesson and stand a pretty fair chance of succeeding in next month’s goal. TBA soon…
So six years ago I attempted an exercise in self discipline whereby I decided to give up one thing every month to see it how it would impact my life and then blog about the experience. The first half of this experiment worked pretty well. Certain months had more of an impact on my life and altered behaviors and attitudes more than others, but in general I was satisfied with the experience. However my attempt to blog the whole 12 months, well, you can see for yourself how well that went.
I have decided to revisit this experiment again in 2014. I had been toying with the idea for a while, but after my dad passed away in July my perspective on a lot of things changed. There is nothing like the loss of a loved one to wake you up to the reality of time and the fact that everyone only has a finite amount of it. I want to make sure I’m making healthy choices in how I spend the time I have left, so I felt I needed to reexamine my daily routines to make sure I’m doing just that.
As for blogging about it, well I’m going to set more realistic goals. In my ideal world I would have fodder for daily updates and a determination to make that happen. In reality though, I’m simply committing to actually blogging all twelve months this time and that’s that. Fortunately I’ve chosen to give up procrastination in January so this probably will result in a solid jump start to the second round of this blog… I hope.
In any event this should turn out to be an interesting year!
I’m so excited to finally use these little tiny canvases I bought at Dick Blick months ago. Now that I have tons of wall space to dress and one too many prints in my growing collection of art, I have come to appreciate small pieces of original art. From a buyer’s perspective they are obviously great because they are normally more affordable than standard sized pieces. And from the perspective of someone who has taken on this miniature challenge I can tell you they are just as time consuming as any larger piece would be.
These two pieces were created using old books, dress patterns and ribbon. Unfortunately I wanted to photograph them together and by the time they were both finished, it was dark. Once again the more challenging aspect of this endeavor is not completing a project a day, but actually reporting about the process in a timely fashion.