Ever since I was a child I can remember being pretty good at starting things. Finishing those things seemed to be more of a problem.
I guess I am a child of this "immediate or forget it” generation. If it takes me longer than ten or fifteen minutes to do a thing or a project it is pretty hard for me to stay focused and finish. (I realize that is probably a deep character flaw.)
Growing up on the farm I had access to some things that perhaps other kids don't. I remember taking things apart. Old fans. Small engines. Usually these things were in a broken state before I started, they were definitely in a broken state when I finished.
I pretty much always intended to take the "thing" apart, learn about how it worked and then put it all back together. But it was pretty rare that it would get put completely back together. Or worse yet, if I did get it back together there were often parts left over.
Sure, I've learned some things since then about setting goals or starting projects and getting to the finish line on them. But there is still some part of me that has a hard time getting "over the hump" in the middle of any longish project.
So, I am finishing this project. I'm kind of happy about that. I should probably celebrate, but I'm not entirely sure how to. I'll think of something.
So What's Next in the #30Daysof_____ Series?
As you may know this is the second #30Day series I've done. The first was at the beginning of this year when I decided to vlog for 30 days straight.
In one of the last videos I created in that vlog series I said something that was the basis for deciding to do this series of posts. "You can do almost anything for 30 days."
I knew that I wanted to write more again. I do actually enjoy it. I just didn’t have any sort of pressure or schedule to keep me writing day in day out.
I find this concept of focusing on a particular project for a specific amount of time rather interesting. I wouldn't be too surprised if I'd do another one at some point. Although I'm not sure which of several concepts to tackle.
Here are a few ideas I’ve had. Just because its on this list doesn’t mean I’ll do it. These are just a couple I’ve jotted down over the past month or so.
30 Days of Inspiration - Not sure exactly what that would look like, but I know I enjoy being “inspired” to do better work, be a better person, etc.
30 Days of Tea - I’ve recently started drinking more tea. Right now I’m drinking a lot of Twinings “Lady Grey” tea. Perhaps I could find 30 different kinds of tea and drink/focus on one each day.
30 Days of Illustration - This one is kind of “out there” but I’ve been following a number of artists recently who create some really cool illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. Some part of me would love to explore that type of creativity.
30 Days of Silence - I don’t know what the blog posts would be about in this series, but I’m convinced that I need more silence in my life. More time to focus on the important things. More time to just sit still and “be.”
Thanks for following Along
At any rate, thanks for following along through this personal journey of mine. I know your time is valuable and it means a lot to me that you would take time out of your day to read the words I've written.
The plan for now is to go back to posting here occasionally, I've got plenty of other projects to fill any free time I might have for the foreseeable future. At some point I'll likely start the next series. If I can decide what to do it on.
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That's it, thanks everyone. I hope you have an incredible weekend!