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Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Quote of the Day: “An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.”

- Paul Valery


Last night something awesome happened….


As I was saying, last night rocked. Why? Because I got stuff done. I mean I REALLY got stuff done and in the process, I made some discoveries I will now share:

I KNEW I was being held back by me, myself, and I. If you have ever read Getting Things Done, you will understand what I knew but was too stupid to do anything about …. until LAST NIGHT.

You see, I am good at outlining personal projects (knowing WHAT to do), but the execution has always lacked. Then it gets stacked. Then it gets clogged and I find myself with a ton of stuff I WANT to do, but I never actually get to the actual doing because, and here is the kicker, I am paralyzed by the sheer number of things in the hopper.

Also, I tend to get obsessive and do idiot things like stay up all night, get all pissed, and not receive one little morsel of satisfaction even if I put all my might into a project. What does that cause? You guessed it, MORE inaction.

I realize this is nothing new and David Allen has told me as much every time I take the time to read his book.

Back to last night: I broke through. I cleaned up my office and threw away a bunch of stuff (felt REALLY good.) I then organized my projects, made piles of stuff to read, and actually felt good about the state of my “open loops” or things I have committed to.

It. Was. So. FREEING!

I also found this little jewel that I will give a shout out. It is called “Lift” and it’s an iPhone app that simply tracks the number of times you do something. It’s a habit-forming approach and the idea is that you commit to something and then each day, you click off if you did it. It tracks your streaks and gives you a little report of how you are doing.

My initial categories were:

Tell My Wife I Love Her
Write a blog post
30-60 minutes of reading
Write todo lists
Brush your teeth in the morning*
Brush your teeth at night*

*I originally had those last two but then I realized I already had those habits down so I could remove them. If you put in habits you already do, then it is just a pain in the ass to keep updated and you don’t get that little thrill of checking it off (which, truth be told, is the real secret of all this.)

Today, I added “Practice Guitar” and “Publish Blog Post” (which I realized I needed to separate from writing a post since they are two different actions I have an equal quantity of trouble keeping consistent.)

Yesterday I even hung up my last two marathon medals up on my wall and to give you an idea of how long overdue this was, they are from the 2011 New York Marathon and the 2012 Seattle Marathon.

Yeah, I know…

As these things go, and what causes me hesitation sometimes, it was pulling a string and the time-consuming follow up turned into a time vortex that unraveled thusly:

1. I need to put my racing bibs in my marathon scrapbook
2. Crap, where is my scrapbook…

What followed was a few hours of a very pissed off me, looking for my cherished marathon scrapbook. Finally found it in a box in the back of the closet (not where it was SUPPOSED to be…) and my office looks like it was hit by Hurricane Sandy…

3. Before I put it in the scrapbook, I need to write my time in Sharpie…

Crap, what was my time? I know it was just under 4 hours. I tried to Google it (surely my results would be part of the official results page, right?). No.

(Put picture of angry cat)

I finally had to go downstairs to the refrigerator and look at the magnet I got with my official time. Do you think that the fact that I had to actually do this pissed me off?

4. Well, now I need a picture so I can (someday) update my webpage (I make a page for every marathon).

5. I also need a picture of the medal, which I also put on the webpage, and I should do this before I hang the medal on the wall…

…continues to pull string….

To accomplish 4 and 5, I have to get my camera out and try to take good pictures of them which I find infinitely difficult for some reason. Then I have to plug in my camera, start the shitty software that came with it, and transfer what I hope are passable pictures.

6. Oh, but first I have to rotate the pictures,

7. crop them,

8. upload them to Flickr,

9. and then file them on my computer so I can possibly find them again one day (will never happen) when I need them.

10. Now I can finally tape the bib into the scrapbook (note that this is STEP 10!!!!!)

11. And I can pin the medal on the wall which requires me to …

12. …go downstairs to the garage to get a folding chair and…

13. …move mounds of crap so I can get up in that corner.

THIS is why I cannot get things done. Thirteen steps to check off ONE todo on my list; a list that has HUNDREDS of bright ideas.

Enough pissing and moaning. And now, buried way down here, some comments on tonight’s Seahawk game….

We played the Redskins in the first wildcard playoff game…. and beat them. Both teams had rookie quarterbacks that are setting all kinds of records but Washington’s RG3 hurt his knee (which looked totally gross in slow motion) and we continued our winning streak. Next week we go to Atlanta.

The impressive thing was that we broke a 29-year road playoff game losing streak AND we were behind 14-0 after the first quarter! Then we went on a 24 point unanswered points terror to win the game.

I am going to shave my goatee when one of two things happen:

1. We lose or,
2. We win the Super Bowl.

Here is what is at stake, people:

Lastly, I will finish up with this little passion play. I got done with my blog entry and published it earlier tonight. My son came in and informed me that the background was not rendering properly.

Looking into it, he was right and he helped me do a little digging where we found that my “On This Day” function to my page was crapping out and it caused everything after it (practically my entire sidebar) to also do said crapping.

We tweaked around on it for awhile but in the end, we could not get it to work (nor its updated version) so I had to conclude that…

1. WordPress sucks ass
2. I can still blow most of a perfectly good night fiddling and getting highly pissed at coding
3. I can piss my son off by my own pissiness
4. My dog can slink downstairs as I raise my voice to my computer

I really don’t understand why something that worked for YEARS suddenly DOESN’T. The only thing I did was, and stand by for this level of stupidity, UPDATED THE WORDPRESS VERSION. Obviously this “improvement” made my “On This Day” function implode into so many bastard asshole pieces, never to work again without a total redesign and recoding of my blog.

So, after wasting the night (mostly), skipping dinner, making my son (and probably the wife) wondering why I am borderline insane, and scaring the dumbass dog, the best I end up with is a blog that is back to mostly normal, minus the sidebar function of providing links to past entries that share the same month and day as the current post.

And I wonder why things get procrastinated around here…..

Free Advice for Today: “Don’t let weeds grow around your dreams.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


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