Friday, September 30, 2011

Thirty Days To A New Me

Can't wait til my walking brings me back to the Punchbowl on Eagle Creek! Pic taken in 2007.
After taking inspiration from the TED talk I posted, I shared it with my husband, too. He also thought that doing something different or new for 30 days sounded like a good idea. He said he wanted to get in on it, as well. We talked about the different things we could do, and one of them was the walking every day idea. So we have vowed that we will walk every day for 30 days, and I'm going to bring along a camera and take a picture every day, too. That's two 30 day changes with one stone!

I also mentioned in the comments section a few other things I want to do as 30 day projects, and I think I'm going to try to do those, as well. It may be a lot of projects to take on in one month, but my goal is to live intentionally. If I start planning for these things, and incorporating them into my schedule, it will be a lot easier to change my life. For example, I wrote that I would like to do one chore every day that I don't normally do. My apartment right now is horribly disorganized. I figure I'm going to create a list of 30 things (fairly simple tasks) that I would like to have done and do them. Each job, while by itself isn't much, taken in aggregate over 30 days ought to have my home in shipshape in no time!

Likewise, I need to do a bunch of research on filmmaking, film financing, editing, lighting, and so on and I have a dozen or so books sitting on my shelf that I haven't gotten around to reading. If I read 60 pages a day, that is enough that I can highlight and digest what I'm reading, without completely overwhelming myself. I read between 30-60 pages in an hour, depending on how many pictures there are and how dry the read is, so it's a chunk of my day that I spend on learning rather than surfing the internet. I do too much internet surfing and playing around on facebook as it is. Once I've read those books, I can turn my attention to other topics! I've got tons of other books on my shelves that I haven't read, too.

The hardest thing for me to accomplish on my list, though, is writing 1000 words a day. It's not that the writing itself is difficult. A thousand words is only about four double spaced pages. It's the making myself sit down and actually DOING it. I have a hard time writing at home, since I don't have an adequate writing space. I need a desk and a chair (rather than a tv table perched next to my bed that I set my laptop on and write) where I can be comfortable and get "in the zone".  But, I figure if I can get myself in that mind frame of sitting down and writing something everyday, it will help me when it comes time for NaNoWriMo* in November.  For that, I need to be able to write 1667 words each day.  So--baby steps, right?

But I'm looking forward to this experiment.  I may have taken on too much at once, but we'll see. I just read a blog about treating your life as if it was a business and the author, AbbyinOz, described how she scheduled everything in her day and did so based on importance.  I figure if I do something like that, and schedule what I plan to do, maybe it will be easier.  But I'm going to be flexible, because I may decide the way I have things scheduled isn't working.

Hey!  I guess that's another 30 day thing I'm adding to the list.  Scheduling my time and making plans so I can live a more organized and fruitful life.  Wow.  I'm on a roll...  I officially start my 30 day experiment tomorrow, October 1st!  I decided to start it at the beginning of the month so that it would be easier to keep track of from month to month.  If I like how this turned out, I expect I will be giving myself new challenges in November! 

*For those of you who don't know what NaNoWriMo is it is National Novel Writing Month and you can sign up to write 50,000 words in one month.  I tried last year, but failed miserably by week two because I didn't have the habit of writing every day burned into me.

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