(Note: This was originally written in the Spring of 2017.)
I’m tired more often and I’m getting more work done. This makes sense but seriously: fuck time. Even as I finally get around to better organising my time, it refuses to do anything else but disappear. Kinda rude.
I’ve definitely hit a wall with this, where no amount of extra effort applied gets me closer to my goals. So, it’s time to apply some smarter work. I’m going to schedule work sessions at the beginning and end of every day, when I’m most likely to have full free time, and honestly when I feel high levels of motivation; maybe proximity to sleep is the key ingredient here. That will be helped by a dose of automation, specifically with the tech that I’m using; it’s taken a long time but I’m finally settled on a structure for the various pieces of software I use to stay organised, so now it’s time to set up some automated processes for them to run through.
Overall I’m happy with this approach. It’s a lot simpler than various previous efforts.
As far as the blog goes, there will be two new regular additions:
Post A Day
That’s one guaranteed post each day. Will likely be mostly nonsense but we’ll see how it goes.
Selfie A Day
Yep, I’m finally giving into the whole selfie thing. Basically, I need to lose weight and have lost patience with previous attempts to do so; it’s time for the public shame route.
These will be taken on and posted to Instagram, with a basic cross-post to here.
So uh yeah. Change is good.
(Second Note: Those two planned additions are still happening, in some way, but not necessarily in such a weird-fake-branding way. I have no idea exactly how bad my sleep was back then but it is certainly better now… I mean… wow.)
(Note: This was originally written in 2015.)
So I was recently listening to Wil Wheaton’s ‘Radio Free Burrito’ podcast (full recommendations; enthusiastic even!) and he said this thing that had me pointing at his theoretical self in exclaimation:
“once you get it out you don’t want to make it”
… so I exclaimed and pointed “that’s it!”
There is a part of that in me and whilst this is a terrible example of excusing my laziness, I still feel okay about publishing this. Writing this is in itself an act of procrastination… although, since it is actually writing a THING and getting it out of my mind I’d argue that it’s not necessarily bad.
Either way, it felt good to hear it being said by somebody who happens to be such a good creator of things, and also gave me the chance to write this thing and thus increase the likelihood that I’ll actually do the things I should be doing.
Claire Field is going to talk about pain at a conference for the TM Society and I couldn’t be more proud, both as her fiancé and carer. Her hard work, unwavering compassion, and indomnitable spirit continue to astound me. 🙌
I love what Stephen Fry has to say about podcasts, especially from the POV that they just fit so well into your life. I can’t wait to get a phone back in my life so that I can return to using Overcast.
By IndieWeb I mean in an informal way as a general idea, since I’m not yet au fait with official standards.
This is my personal progress:
- This site is up and running with regular posts.
- Twitter account is archived, pending deletion depending on how Jack and co. decide to tackle obvious problems.
- Only other social profiles are Apple Music, Vimeo, and YouTube.
- Last one remains because Google have well and truly destroyed open web video with this monopoly.
- Micro.blog is now my regular haunt for commenting, social web things.
- Using RSS to read more than I ever have.
- Actively working on my preferred set-up for this, which is work on my web tools that I am actually enjoying!
- Signed up to Pinboard.
- Maintained my Fastmail account.
- Setting aside time for focused research on managing my own site from the server level.
- WP-hosted is okay but I need to decide if I have enough time and energy to do my own thing as opposed to spending money for similar results. Right now I favour the latter, mostly because I just want to write.
This has been delayed, which is obvious, but I’m still determined to have basic goals for the year; they’re not resolutions and not even the start of what it is that I am particularly determined to add to my life, but it is at least the start of something.
I was inspired to make this after watching a recent Vlogbrothers video by John Green:
It’s a basic list for simplicity — this site is a new start, and I am determined to join with it a fresh and clean approach.
- Read more stories.
- Be it books, on the web, on paper, anything so long as it is a non-news story.
- Find good sources for news.
- I prefer small collections of varied sources and am comfortable paying for quality where possible.
- Write for this site everyday.
- Even if I don’t publish everyday (although I do want to get at least one 30-day stretch in at some point).
I’ll be keeping track of myself with the blog, which works especially well because of its presence within the third item; this is especially great with Micro.blog (thanks Manton!), since the service provides the exact thing I have missed from social networks: a blend of independence, an environment in which focus is both attainable and encouraged, and most importantly of all a desire that the space in which we all wish to share with each other (the web) is in fact a good space.
Feeling overwhelmed and losing focus often go hand-in-hand for me. It’s so much easier to ignore the thing I’m anxious about when there are so many fun-but-meaningless things I could be doing. For example: “Ooh, look at the edits I can make to my site’s theme!”
Just finished reading the updated help page for Micro.blog, “Setting up WordPress”. The page is both good and aligns with my current mode of finally getting my WP site up and running; I can’t wait to upgrade and get hold of the better Jetpack.