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A Not Getting Things Done Day and a Quote for Book Bloggers

I had set aside today to work on Bloggiesta and also on all the administrative things that have been piling up. Things like invoicing, which is a pretty important thing when you work for yourself, so I don’t know why preparing invoices usually tops my list of Things To Procrastinate.

One thing led to another, and I found myself designing a new invoice template. I’m not sure what possessed me, but there you have it. I just kind of decided to do it. That took me just about forever, because I’m not exactly the most proficient with a spreadsheet. I’d managed to get about half of my invoices prepared when I got an email from a client which basically added more work to a deadline I’d just finished up.

I gave up after that. Took a nice, long hot bath and then lay on my bed for a good half hour, just resting. The day had turned into a Not Getting Things Done day and I thought I might as well not resist it.

I did, however, come across something earlier today that I really liked, so it wasn’t a total waste of a day. It was a post on Seth Godin’s blog called You are what you share. There was one quote from the post that I liked in particular, so much so that I quickly posted it to Tumblr. And then decided to make a picture quote out of it for today’s post.

Seth Godin quote

I think it’s an apt quote for book bloggers every where – after all, isn’t that what we’re saying every time we blog about a book we loved? “You really need to read this one!”

Now I’ll hit publish, and then pin the quote to my Pinterest board. It will make me feel halfway productive about today.

This year I will read Thoreau

It’s Monday, but I’ve been back to work for quite a few days now. Oh, how I miss the week I was able to take off! In a way, it’s too bad we had to have Christmas and New Years Eve/Day in there, because of course there were Things To Be Done because of the holidays and not as many true “days to myself” as I would have liked.

It’s been a challenge making time for my goals now that I’m in the midst of meeting a deadline. I have several deadlines this month, but thankfully they’re not overlapping as they sometimes can be. No, they come one after another, which can lead to another kind of stress. When one ends, I usually have to immediately start work on the next. I’m one who likes to have a breather in between tasks, so when I end up doing this for too long, I get stressed. Hopefully making the time for my goals, which are all mostly fun things, will give me the balance I need.

So, this morning instead of plunging straight into work, I indulged in my morning routine of reading my Flipboard on my phone. There were several Brainpickings articles there, and this one, on 15 Resolutions for 2015 from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds reminded me of something.

I’ve been wanting to read Thoreau for a long time now. Every now and then I come across one of those insightful quote pictures, with a Thoreau quote on it that reminds me to stop and think and be present. I’m not by any means someone who loves to be out in nature – I’m more like, “love looking at all the green stuff but from some comfy place inside away from the bugs, please”. But there’s something about the bits and pieces of Thoreau’s writings I’ve glimpsed over the years that makes me want to just sit and absorb his words.

I made this quote image the other day to go with one of my 2015 goals posts, but I ended up not using it in my post (it seemed more suited to a master list of 2015 goals, which I may or may not write, since I’ve probably already bored everyone with all the different goals lists I’ve already posted).

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I kind of love that when I found the quote and made this picture, I wasn’t even thinking, “Oh, I should read Thoreau” and now that I’m thinking, “Oh, I should read Thoreau”, there it is, waiting for me to use in this post. Of course, it would have been better if it was a quote about being outside and present, since that was what I was just writing about, but I’m on deadline so it will have to do for now.

I have a couple of books by Thoreau, and I am committing to dipping into them throughout the new year. It strikes me that Thoreau’s writings are like that – in-the-moment sentences and paragraphs that work just as well read bit by bit as they do all in one whole swallow.

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And I think I’d like to get a copy of Walking, too. I’ve been working hard on my hip abductor muscles recently – I am still restricted from walking as exercise until I can get them moving the way they’re supposed to. But once they’re back into the habit of doing what they do best, I intend to do a lot of walking, because I really miss it. (Now that I think about it, it will probably be worthwhile checking to see if there are any good audio versions of Thoreau’s works.) Anyway, Walking sounds like another good one to have with me this year.

Have you read Thoreau? If not, is he on your to-read or “sometime soon” list?

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

I have this funny feeling most of my posts this month will be about goals, intentions, resolutions – all those things you want to change in your life that suddenly start popping up with real frequency and intensity at the start of the new year.

I’m starting to see that, if I realize every single one of the numerous potential changes I’ve been playing around with, my entire life would be very very different. Different for the better, of course.

This hasn’t happened to me in past years, at least not with the same kind of intensity, but I do know why it’s happening now. It’s that old adage, if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting. And never has this adage been so clear to me as it is right now, this moment – and frankly, in all the moments since 2014 started being a lot closer than “next year”.

This year I really have to get out of my comfort zone, mainly because it’s become more and more obvious that my comfort zone actually won’t be that comfortable for too much longer.

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There are so many things on my want-to-do list that have nothing whatsoever to do with maintaining my current life as it is. (See how I’m still ambivalent? I can’t quite call it a “to-do” list, because that implies I actually intend to do these things.)

Partly, it’s because things in my current life are changing, especially in the work arena (well, okay, mostly in the work arena), and I have to adapt to these changes, and partly, it’s because the things I want to do have been things I’ve wanted to do for a very long while, but up until now, I couldn’t resist the safe feeling of the comfort zone.

It’s time to really shake things up. I feel daring right now, and all I have to do is keep feeling daring. It sounds so simple when I put it like that. “All I have to do is …”

A funny thing. I actually sat down to write a post about sticking to a blogging schedule, and it morphed into this.

(By the way, I really did step out of my comfort zone with this post. I created the Neale Donald Walsh picture quote  above, using PicMonkey. It wasn’t as hard as I’d been thinking it would be.)

What about you? Do any of your new year intentions or resolutions or goals take you out of your comfort zone?