I strongly encourage you to try bold new adventures and push yourself in creative ways.
Participate in National Novel Writing Months or the like. Take classes in some new art form or music. Try out new crafts. Make improvements on your home. Start up a topical blog. 😉
Whatever you decide to do, it can really help you keep it fun if you place some limits on your expectations for it: "Just 30 days". "One semester and I'll drop the class if I'm not liking it for the third session in a row". "I'll see if I can make this one beginner project that is supposed to take about 4 hours". "First I'll just take on replacing curtains and then think about the rest of the remodeling after I see how that goes".
And, of course, the obvious one: "I'll write a post a day about Discardia for one year".
Which brings us to a little reminder about the next Discardia holiday, the 21st of December, 2006, to the 18th of January, 2007. It's a nice long one and a great finale to a wonderful year of thinking about this whole topic in depth.
Over the next couple weeks leading up to this delightfully long Discardian celebration, think about what you'd like to accomplish this time. I'd suggest picking one big goal and then a couple small goals in other areas.
Remember the more challenging areas as you mull this over. When you're going to work on something that's tougher for you, it helps to know you're only trying to make some progress within a finite area for now. Suggestions to consider for your big goals:
– personal relationships that are not going well
– feelings that your creative life is stagnant
– financial bad habits
– eating and/or exercise routines
– overall life goals
The secondary goals should help keep you motivated on the big one by being easier to succeed at them. Pick very finite projects or changes such as home improvements, getting a new haircut, finally setting up a backup routine for your computer, etc. Because you probably won't completely change that big situation, it can help you feel good to have checked a couple things off your list along with making a bit of progress on the harder goal.
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If making lists of goals and writing about your progress is your thing, pick up to 43 small and big goals on 43things.com.
A great place to collect thoughts and get tremendous support from others trying to achieve the same or similar things in life.
I’m going to spend this Discardia doing some really basic discarding: stuff. My bf is moving into my 600 square foot apartment in February, so I need to make some room for him and his stuff. It’s not impossible, or even improbable, but it will take some doing. Time to do. 🙂
I created a public google calendar with Discardia dates through Dec 2008 (so far):
Rockin! Thanks, Heather!
I’ve discovered that writing about my progress is a great reward and motivator and the goal list really keeps me focused on the things that matter the most.