This won’t turn into an annoying journal. I will probably regret posting this even. But I’ve grown annoyed with my inefficiency and clutter. I thought maybe if I typed out my plans I’d be more likely to follow them, and if I posted them it would cause people (like Kevin) to claim I won’t follow them. Giving me motivation to prove them wrong!
- Become an early riser: Yes, some probably think I am an early riser already; however, I am not satisfied. Many days of the week I am up at 6am but there are too many days I sleep in till 7am or even 8am! I also think 6am is too late now. I plan to start with a more consistent schedule of 6am and then improve from there. This was easier when I could use the paper, which would show up at 6, as a “reward” of early rising. I’d be able to relax with a cup of coffee and read through it before having to start on work, impossible if I wasn’t up early enough. With the paper coming even less often than it did before, I had to cancel it because of how rare it showed up, I’ve started slipping more. So, I need to develop new “rewards” for the morning. Maybe actually walking to get the paper in the morning, helping with number 7 as well.
- Read less useful and useless news: Working from my computer all day means I switch over to Firefox and start clicking through news sites too often. I must get on a schedule of reading morning news and reading evening news, nothing in between.
- Remove clutter: Not only is clutter distracting, useless and at times a time suck, it also pisses me off (yes, its far worse than just anger or annoyance). Some times I just want to toss everything I own out the window… I’ve done well to restrict my workspace down to a few things (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers and coffee warmer; goodbye stapler and pen holder) but the rest of the apartment needs the same attention. Which means getting rid of clothes I won’t wear, books I’ll never reread, games I barely play, DVDs I don’t watch, papers I won’t reread, take out menus I’ll never use, etc, etc! Its crazy how much builds up. I think I do a decent job of not purchasing useless junk, DVDs, games, clothes and snacks (I try to keep food down to only “necessities”), but when I do get those things, one way or another, they never go away. That will be stopped. Additionally, I’ve unsubscribed from most mailing lists in an attempt to declutter my Inbox.
- Furniture: I have a fairly minimal setup, just a mattress for a bed, no chest of drawers and a table instead of a desk. But not good enough! Maybe I’ll get rid of the table and chairs in the living room I’ve been left with or the computer chair that won’t be used anymore. I’ll figure something out. But if any of you Chicago GLUG people want either of those, let me know.
- Monotask: I’ve tried to convince myself that multitasking and using switching to a different task as almost like a break from the current one is a good way of getting things done. Now I plan to completely change that in an attempt to be more efficient and less stressed. My hope is that focusing on a single task allows for the best possible work on that task, instead of having my mind have to reload what I was working on when I switch back.
- Slow down: This will probably be my toughest, but be really good for stress and quality of work. I’d at least like to not start back on work while still finishing my last bite of a meal, working while eating or always cooking and eating in just a few minutes. Obviously these are dependent on how soon my current task is due.
- Exercise: Nothing extreme here. Its not about getting strong or even my health. Exercise is suppose to help with early rising and reducing stress. Like the rest of the tasks, I’ll start this off slowly.
- Schedule: I already have useless schedules. Maybe they aren’t schedules, but ask someone who’s lived with me what happens if I have to do my morning tasks (or any really) out of order :). Now I will start adding useful tasks to my morning schedule, as well as my daily work schedule, in hopes of not procrastinating or flat our skipping them. Additionally, having a pseudo night schedule, getting everything cleaned up and washed before bed and such, so that when I wake up I won’t dread what awaits me.