How was your week? Was it good? I hope it was good. Mine was good. It was a good week. It's the afternoon on Friday. Keep at it, you can almost go home.
I'm new at blogging. I've tried it on and off in the past, but nothing really stuck, but sticking with the theme I've been building, it's all about improving and changing et cetera. The way I've seemed to break my posts down are that I'll post posts related to the bigger subjects under the Letters category, and progress reports glittered with informal things under the Progress category. Letters, as you can tell, tend to have more of a lecturer tone to them. I use that tone of writing for that category because I'm treating it like I'm writing a letter to someone. The Progress category is very much informal.
Monday will most likely be dedicated to Letters, so you can start your week off with something to chew on, and Friday will likely be the day I post my progress. This is really all growing pains and I'm going to try to get some sort of legitimate schedule down as I go along. I'm really making this all up as I go along.
I'm five days in to my meditation goal that I set in this post. So far, it's gone well. There are small differences I'm noticing. Less road rage and less social anxiety at work and outside of it are the two I've noticed the most. I'll talk about this next Friday as more things come up. Remember in that post I just linked a few sentences back where I said I'd be adding some sort of proof that I'm keeping with it?
Well there you go. As the month progresses I'll keep you updated on my progress here.
Other things I'm working on this month include:
- Eating better (no added sugar in the diet, no dairy just to experiment)
- Drinking more water (hydration is a virtue)
- Building a system for tracking ideas.
The diet related points are things I've struggled with in the past. I want to improve my health so that I can feel better and operate at a higher level than I currently do. Now, I can't eliminate all my vices in one fell swoop (because whiskey is so goddamn delicious) but when I move to reducing my alcohol consumption, it'll be with improvement in mind.
Building a system for tracking ideas is difficult. That photo of my calendar is heavily cropped. Around it are many different post-it notes with different ideas, a list of books I've read, and a list of books I want to read, mantras for opening and aligning chakras (yeah I dabble), a character breakdown for a book I'm working on, and other non-important things. In my phone, I'm tracking ideas on Google Keep, and Trello. The method that makes the most sense to me right now is Trello. Trello is actually a fantastic way to organize your ideas. I used it when I was a writer for a satirical news site, and I recently started using it for personal use to track story ideas, blog post ideas, and most recently I've started tracking the books I've read and books I want to read. It's like digital post-it notes. The app uses boards and lists to help you keep track of things. If you're familiar with software design, or have watched Silicon Valley, it's like a digital kanban system. You can use it to keep track of pretty much anything.
With building this system, I need to slowly migrate all my things from Keep to Trello and that's an arduous process. But it's something to work on.
What're you working on this month?