After yesterday’s rant, I got asked what I’m going to do about my problems. I was able to identify them clearly enough, but if I don’t figure out how to tackle all the crap, guess what? It’s not going ANYWHERE.
But I’ve already started making progress. The first steps weren’t too bad:
I split that massive pile on my desk up into three piles that were easier to sort out: USE NOW, READ LATER and JUNK (that last pile wound up in the recycling bin)
- the USE NOW stuff is stuff that I’ll carry with me and try to use up as quickly as possible; I actually wrote this blog entry USING one of the spare notebooks I came across to get all of my ideas sorted out!
- I finally accepted that I’m no Superman and that I can’t possibly do EVERYTHING. So now I’m working on making my life EASIER instead of trying to be the best at anything I touch. That means using WordPress to structure my sites because it’s just easier and less time-consuming that doing it all by hand. That means asking for guest posts from friends, family and readers. That means putting out all the notes, ideas and everything that I’ve kept secret for SO LONG since someone else might be able to do a better job with them than I can right now. It’s not easy, reprogramming my brain — but if I want to have a brain left to work with, it needs to be done.
But regardless of what I INTEND to do, what I can ACTUALLY do is an entirely different story. There’s some realities I need to face:
- I’m married now. My time is not just MY time anymore. I need to make sure I give Sarah what she needs while also not destroying my dreams and forgetting what it is I set out to accomplish. This can be hard to remember when cuddle time conflicts with crunch time to get the daily blog post up.
- I gots to work. Aside from all the stuff I want to accomplish in my SPARE time, I have a full-time job with enough responsibility to keep me pretty busy! It’s a daily juggling act of getting all the work done in various areas of my life — trying to make all of it EASIER is the key to keeping sane.
- I suck at time management and get distracted REALLY easily. I can set deadlines and put together plans for myself like anyone else, but all it takes is an interesting link on Google+ or a funny one-liner on Twitter, and I may as well be done for the night.
All said, though, things are progressing. I can see some of the floor or my office again; I’m starting to get all the pieces in the right places to get rid of all the clutter — both digital and physical — and hopefully by the end of this year, I’ll have created some projects and project teams that are really GOING SOMEWHERE.Until then, it’s step by step and day by day…