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When Time Isn’t On Your Side

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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…

 

 

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Once More, with Feeling!

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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!

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Projects #2 and #3 – Mini collage duo

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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.

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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.

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May 2008 – Slowing my social life

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This month I am giving up going out to places that require me to spend money. I consider myself a pretty social person and recently I’ve felt like my social outings, while fun, are eating up all my free time and money. So due to the fact that I’m continuing to prepare for craft fairs while also getting ready to move at the end of the month, I figured this would be a good time to give up going out. 

Honestly I really didn’t give much thought to how much my giving up would affect others, except maybe my boyfriend. Yet again, though, many of my friends have inquired as to why I have chosen to give up going out this month. Once I explain my reasoning, most everyone accepts why I’ve chosen to do this in May instead of a winter month. While I believe everyone supports me, its still kind of surprising to me when friends and relatives ask questions about my choice for the month. At this point I’ve become so used to sacrificing something new every month that I guess I assume that they will have grown used to it too. Maybe I’m not alone in experiencing an odd mix of joy and anxiety when the 1st of the month rolls around…

So far this month’s choice hasn’t really impacted me too terribly much. My boyfriend and I were still able to have dinner and play the Wii over at our friends’ place on Saturday. I knew I would absolutely go crazy if I didn’t have any social contact outside work for an entire month and that doing so wouldn’t really help me in any way. The majority of my social activities involve me spending money, usually on food and drink and usually without much thought as to what I’m spending. This is why I decided to allow myself to do things that are free. Hopefully this month my choice will actually prove to be beneficial to others as well, since I also tend to be the one who organizes a lot of the eating/drinking/shopping outings amongst my friends. 

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