(NOTE: My goals for this ROW80 quarter are still in flux, so I'm sticking with the vague goals I've mentioned below -- however, I have a new, exciting Sekrit Projekt which I'll be devoting more and more of my energy to for this summer. Postings on that will be on Mondays - but the background on the project is listed here.)
Until the semester ends, I am trying a new set of goals. This time, instead of focusing in on a particular task I need to get done, I am going to do the opposite.
I am going to count everything writing-related.
This includes: blogging, idea generation, scribbling odd ideas, editing, artwork, formatting, accounting. And of course, you know, writing.
It will not include time spent reading and commenting on blogs -- no matter how business-related and inspirational they may be -- and I'm also not currently including reading. (Though I will be tracking reading, particularly keeping a list of novels read.)
What is the goal behind this goal?
It's pretty simple. I want to know how much of my uncounted time I'm actually doing something useful. I suspect that when I don't count these "support" activities, they start to blend in with useless stuff, like screwing around on the internet.
However, I also want to get an idea of how draining these tasks are. How fruitful they are. I want to, in other words, pay attention to them for a while.
The other thing that is related: I want to spend less time sitting down. I mean that as a shift in perspective. It isn't that I want to spend more time standing up, but rather that I want "sitting down" to be an activity, not the default.
One problem with this is that right now it disrupts all of my patterns. I need to re-form intellectual patterns around the physical ones. It's been great with reading. I pace up and down the office or around the kitchen when I'm reading, and this greatly entertains the cats. For working, I have mixed results, but I'm getting better. I may find that there are certain activities that I have to be sitting down to do properly.
I am not setting a particular time goal here at the moment. It's more a how high can you go? Total is open.
See you in the funny papers.