I post my Fourth mission101 List!!!
Can ya stand it?
That which I have learned during this past year.
Book Readin': What that means to me.
It means ESCAPE!!! Escape...escape...escape and so, if I don't have a plan, I have come to realize, I will read and read and read, consequently, not getting much else done. At times, sparingly, and with novels, this is okay, but life needs to be lived and nonfiction is best read in small bits, not in one big gulp, so it can be better digested. It's not so much that I need to read less, it's just that I need to do other things more.
Routine: I needs one and big-time
If I know what comes nest, I will get it done. If I know I am to do X-amount of house-cleaning per day, and what that cleaning is before-hand, and so on, I will get it done. I've been trying to get this together for awhile, but it's all about refinement, right?
BEFORE, I had 'do this at 9am'...'do this at 10am' and so on. How I came to resent my own schedule!!!
NOW, I have a list of the tasks I want to accomplish daily, weekly, monthly, with each task broken down into its component parts and with an estimate of how long each task should take, or be allowed, so I can mix & match my time. Included is everything from drawing to working on stories, from housework to yardwork, from email to Livejournal. Only time will tell, I've only just started this, but I have high hopes.
Drawing: That which I need to do and yet, that which I fail at the most
On my last list, I failed at maybe 8 or 9 tasks, 6 of which were drawings I didn't get done, I was supposed to do 9, I only did 3.
WHATTHEHELL??? A drawing is like a story, you can get stuck on it, not know where to go next, what to do with it next and so, the drawing, like the story, can just sit. And sit. And sit.
NOW: I already have 3 ideas, the materials for each ready and I am going to work on all 3 simultaneously so that if I should get stuck on one, I will have another one to go to. So simple.
I need to know where I'm going because if I don't, I am the kind of person who can easily lose time and what could have been accomplished during that time. I can very easily just drift. That's why mission101, as I'm doing it, works so well for me. It doesn't allow me the opportunity to drift nearly so much as I am naturally inclined to do. And that's a good thing. I'm afraid I think you all find this fairly boring, still, I'll probably be posting more about my next one than I did the last. I find talking about tasks, even if only to myself, helps me clarify what I'm doing. Stick with me, 'k?
My big success, to me, from my last list was re-editing all of my QAF stories. Man, I had such a good time doing this. It was a blast!!! These stories had been written over a 5 year period, 2005 to 2010 and during that time, my writing IMO had improved. How fun it was to remake the older ones into the style of the newer ones. I've even included 4 or 5 stories from my own verse on the new list. Whether or not they'll ever be posted waits to be seen but at least, they will finally be finished.
See you on the flipside.