This is part of my weekly project at self-improvement by following the battle plan found in “Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth.” This book is incredibly valuable and only $0.99 on Kindle.
Alright, this last week or so has been kind of a gagglefuck. I was out of town for work part of last week and then we had Couchsurfers all weekend. It really messed up my routine (I know I am making excuses) but I think the break did me some good. I feel much more motivated.
So, quick update on Week 2. I basically did not accomplish anything that I set out to do (womp womp). But that’s okay. I can’t change the events of last week any more than I can change the 2016 Presidential election or the burning of the Library of Alexandria, all I can I do is move forward and live in the moment.
The focus of Week 3 is “Stop Thinking About It”. Basically, I need to do the things that I think about doing or say I am going to do. This week reminds me of a chapter of Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday called “Talk, Talk, Talk”. I probably highlighted more sections of that chapter than any other in the book, but this was my favorite passage:
The only relationship between work and chatter is that one kills the other.
Basically, if you are talking about doing something then you probably aren’t doing it. We all have projects and dreams and desires in our life that we talk about doing “someday”, at least I do. In fact, I have a list of things to do sitting right next to me that seems to grow every day. Some of them I can finish in a day and some require serious commitment.
Here is my current list:
- Write “Forward Tilt” blog post (well hell, things are looking good right now)
- Complete Coursera course on Nutrition (started)
- Nude sunbathing in backyard
- Transfer book into ePub/Kodo format
- Record Audiobook
- Complete Excel Course
- Learn a foreign language
- Complete “Yoga for Men” course on Udemy
- Dig up weeds and junk by back shed and prep soil for gardening
- Finish taxes
- Study for driver’s license test
- Register at the local VA
- Find social groups (ideas: Freemasons, Unitarian Universalist Church, Softball league, Board Game and D&D Game nights at local comic shop, Running and Cycling clubs)
- Locate a Half Marathon this fall
- Try out new art mediums
- Master a fire dancing technique (poi, staff, or hoop)
- Clear non-work emails
- Schedule a dental appointment
- Learn to play a musical instrument
- Mail books to friend in New Orleans
- Organize tool closet
- Transfer seedlings into bigger containers
- Finish second draft of Linneria
- Find a 3x a week workout plan
The action item for this week is to pick one thing that I’ve been thinking or talking about doing and do it. Seems pretty simple.
Unfortunately, I have a history of overplanning early on and burning out quickly. I’d like to say “hell yeah, I can get all these done in a week” but I don’t know if I have the mental stamina for that. Instead, I am going to pick one big project that will be my top priority and focus all my energy on completing that this week. I think seven days is enough time to accomplish the Audiobook recording of my book. That is probably the project that most accurately fits the definition of something I’ve talked about but haven’t done. I’m excited to report back in a week with my progress.