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Thinking More, Doing Less

I get so much from reading LJ and FaceBook posts. It's entertainment, information, staying in touch and learning new things all at once.
And I want to contribute to that flow, to be more of a participant and less of an observer.
But looking back on the last six months (which is when my new job started) I find I post hardly at all, barely skim email, and have assembled weighty notebooks of ideas and projects without pushing any of them forward into reality.

Part of this has certainly been that the Day Jobbe (retail sales at Magic Mouse Toys) keeps me off the net entirely. Well, there's time to skim and post during the commute, but that's just from the phone (not my fav typing option). Part of it is that the physical requirements of being on my feet for nine hours and travelling for four leaves no energy for anything but basic maintenance and sleeping for five out of seven days.

Even when the treasured weekend arrives (which is Tuesday-Wednesday for me) I mostly want me to want to fix up the house (which needs it). And what I actually land up doing is more sleeping and the occasional video game. Meanwhile there is a steadily mounting stack of interesting projects, small business plans, and just cool things that would be fun to do that languish in a stack.

How useful do you think it would be to make a great big list of all the projects and ideas, and get feedback on which ones would be most interesting to push forward?


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Jan. 15th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest a small list of ones that have an easy payoff to remind yourself you can do the stuff on a great big list.
Jan. 15th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Can't hurt to give it a try, though listing and prioritizing personal projects (as opposed to work deadlines) has never worked for me. Indecision and paralysis. I get better results when I grab a random fleeting inspiration and just run with it. It might be trivial, but at least it'll be done.

Or use peer pressure. Between Moebius and the two ukulele clubs I blundered into, I keep performing in spite of myself. If I joined a writers' workshop and, oh, let's say an investment club -- plus a housekeeping support group -- then I'd probably be a productive member of society.
Jan. 16th, 2013 02:28 am (UTC)
If you imagine that list being complete and sitting in front of you, how does that list make you feel? Inspired? Excited? Exhausted? Bewildered?

If you then imagine putting that list out into the world for public (FSVO) scrutiny, what does it feel like when people rate your ideas? What do their opinions tell you? Are those opinions meant to direct you toward particular projects, or are they more about giving you a basis on which to evaluate your own feelings (your visceral rejection of other people's down-grading of a particular project is your clue that that's the one you really want to do, e.g.)?
Jan. 16th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
If that gets you going . . . but some feel that weight of obligation. Why not rank them according to which seems the most fun right now? Work up to the tough stuff.
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