I’m going to try to be short on the prose here. I looked at the calendar and realized it was 2016, and that I’m thirty-three. By no means do I feel long in the tooth, but there’s no point in letting all this superlative potential go to waste.
I sat down the other night to clean up my Evernote. I use Evernote to organize my entire personal life. I clip articles to read later, I scan receipts and documents, I track my expenses, and I log away personal notes and milestones. I keep a pretty intense organizational structure in Evernote, including GTD (Getting Things Done) workflows. I might be a nerd for tracking and organizing my shit, but where I fall flat is actually doing the things I say I want to do.
My bucket needs to be tipped over and spilled out for all to see.
Why’s It Gotta Be Published On The Internet?
Even this blog post is counterintuitive – I’m talking about it and not doing it. I’m over-analyzing this as if I were trying to get asked out to the spring semi-formal, Carol is going with the captain of the football team, and I just can’t even.
I’m blogging about this for three reasons.
- It helps me be accountable. It’s easier to do something if you lay it all out on the table, and I’ll feel a smidge more likely to do something if I told the world I’d do it. On the other hand, it’s pretty easy to think “who really gives a fuck what I do?” but I’ll just pretend you, dear reader, are just one of my millions of fans who worship the ground I walk on, and that my Google Analytics account is actually just broken.
- It gives me a firm list. I tend to come up with more ideas that I don’t execute on because I have so many ideas I should execute. I might add some flex and maybe even come back to adjust.
- Um, blogging more is one of the things I want to do?
So without any more fucking around, I present you with:
Alright, so I fucked around to make a graphic for it. Moving on.
Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order. That’s why I used bullets and not numbers, for those of you who pay attention to that stuff.
These are long-running, slow moving leviathans.
- Write my first novel (just started)
- HyperboLynk (you’ll have to ask)
- Pay It Forward Cards (more on this soon)
- T-shirts Aren’t Hard
- Solidify Identity/Persona Bible
These are basically starter quests that might lead into further quests.
Audition for a musical
- Participate in a local tabletop game night
- Practice the ancient Japanese art of Karaoke
- 31-day Journal Challenge (In Progress)
- Stick with Medifast long enough that I don’t have to eat Medifast again
- Meddle with the stock markets
Read These Books
I read an average of two books each year, so this goal is a little lofty. I’m probably going to get Audible.
- Steelheart (Brandon Sanderson)
- You’re Making Me Hate You (Corey Taylor)
- Starship Titanic (Douglas Adams)
- Year Zero (Rob Reid)
- Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
- The Magicians (Lev Grossman)
- What If? (Randall Munroe)
- The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson)
- Off to be the Wizard (Scott Meyer)
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey) (In progress)
- The Hero with A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)
- High Output Management (Andy Grove)
- The Game (Neil Strauss)
- Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? (Lou Gerstner)
- The Road to Reinvention (Josh Linkner)
- The Amazon Way (John Rossman)
- The Emperor’s Handbook (Marcus Aurelius)
- Steal the Show (Michael Port)
- Good to Great (Jim Collins)
- Reinventing Organizations (Frederic Laloux)
- Creativity, Inc (Ed Catmull)
- To Sell is Human (Dan Pink)
- Work Rules (Laszlo Bock)
- The Surrender Experiment (Michael A. Singer)
- The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)
- The Untethered Soul (Michael A. Singer)
Enough said. I’ve been slacking on this. I’ve got a bunch of posts in the hopper that need to be wrapped up. I’m also going to get into the habit of just sharing random stuff I find in a separate section on Lynk.co.
I just wanted to get all down and out in the open. It feels more solid, especially when tackling a lot at once, to spread it across the proverbial table. Every year I do a little growing, but I am going to expect more out of myself during the next few, and I’ll be using Lynk.co to track my progress.