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Seeds Planted #7

29 Oct

Autumn in Spokane“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

The weekly reminder that I can and do make an effort to progress every week, no matter how frustrated I feel.

  1. I wrote three blog posts for my new skiing project.  (This one surprised me — I felt like I’d been procrastinating on that project, but instead I made some progress.)
  2. I’m still paying attention to my emotions.  It’s getting easier.
  3. I spent a little quality time with my roommate.  We just drove into Coeur d’Alene and had dinner, but it was nice.
  4. I feel like I’m starting to make a friend at work and that I’m becoming a little friendlier with everyone I work with in general.
  5. I found a theme for 2012.  That was completely unexpected; I wasn’t thinking about next year at all, but I think I’ll really enjoy my return to childhood.

I also saw some results from last week — I had a response to one of my job applications!  I expect to hear more details next week.

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Honestly, it’s been a frustrating week.  Before I found the Stevenson quote I’d never considered measuring my progress with anything but results; I appreciate the reminder that my effort is worthwhile.

Choosing to be a Wage Slave

25 Oct

One of the reasons I’m working on my core story is because I’ve never had a good job.  (Aside from teaching skiing, but working five months a year is not practical.)  I have some preconceived ideas about the type of jobs I can get and how I can be compensated for my work, and it’s well past time to get some better ideas.

I’m trying to create a career for myself, something that bring in the kind of money I want to make while providing me with interesting and challenging work.  I’m starting to get a sense of direction in all of this, so I’ve decided to keep my current wage-slave position.

Let me explain.  My current job doesn’t pay very well, I’m not learning much, and I routinely feel taken advantage of.  However, the hours and schedule are consistent, something I’ve rarely had in the past.  That consistency is allowing me to schedule time to work on my own projects, to make an effort toward creating a career.

I’ve spent the past month applying for a better job, but I don’t think that’s the best use of my time.  Looking for a new job is a short-term goal — I only plan to be in Spokane for another five months; spending time on the skills and portfolio that will help me create a career will help me achieve my long-term goals.

I’m having a hard time settling for this job, but I think I’ll be very happy I had the discipline to stay focused on the long-term when I’m looking for a new job in five months.  I can do this.

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How do you prioritize between long-term goals and short-term goals?

Seeds Planted #6

22 Oct

Fibonacci!“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Changes to my posting schedule made this a short week, but I still managed to plant a few seeds.

  1. I applied for a couple of jobs.  I’m just not satisfied with my current position, so I’m trying to trade up.
  2. I was diligent about being attentive to my emotions.
  3. I participated in a feminist blog carnival!  I didn’t expect it to be fun, but I enjoyed it.
  4. I had an idea for a new project that I’m excited about; skiing is my big passion, and this project is all about skiing.  I plan to be able to share it on December 1st, if not sooner.

I find it helpful to take a few minutes each week to remember what efforts I made.  It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the progress I think I should be making or the results I think I should have, that I forget that progress and results depend on an initial action.

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What actions are you taking?  How are you making progress?

Seeds Planted #5

17 Oct

Fibonacci!

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Every week we plant seeds, small actions that may someday become mighty sunflowers.  These are the seeds I planted this week:

  1. A job interview.  It’s just a part-time weekend job for some extra cash, but I think it went well.
  2. I called a friend and asked for help.  I hate asking for help, but not only will he be able to do so, talking to him left me feeling very good.
  3. I started using StumbleUpon, which is both entertaining and useful.
  4. I remembered my stepdad’s birthday!  I always forget, but this year we had a nice chat.

I also did a little watering and weeding of previous seeds:

  1. I tweaked my posting schedule a bit.  By the way, I’m still looking for guest posts.
  2. I’m still using my breaks at work to make progress on my own projects.
  3. I’m sticking with The Artist’s Way and being diligent about my morning pages.
  4. I’m tweeting regularly.  I typically go in fits and starts, but I’ve been much better about it recently.

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What seeds did you plant this week?  What projects did you tend to?  Remember, it’s all connected, so anything counts.

Seeds Planted: Creative Outlets

9 Oct

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. I’m developing a schedule for the blog and getting a better sense of what I want to do with it.  I’m also staying on top of posting and sticking to that schedule; following through with those goals is making me very happy.
  2. I’m adjusting to my job and deciding on the best uses of my time.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m not satisfied with this job, but how much time do I want to spend looking for a new wage-slave position?  My time is better spent learning the skills I need for the career a I want and building a portfolio to show those skills.
  3. I’m working on my use of social media.  Right now it’s pretty haphazard, and I’d like to be more focused.  I’m using the blog as my platform for changing my own life and hopefully helping other people make their own changes, but I think there are a lot of assumptions that need to be challenged in the world at large, and that’s what I’m trying to do with the new Twitter account.
  4. I started using my breaks at work more productively.  I’m taking the opportunity to write and get things; so far it’s helped me identify my priorities and made it easier to focus.

What seeds did you plant this week?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments, or send me a link to your own blog.

Hello Universe: Focus and Discipline

3 Oct

As part of the first week of The Artist’s Way, I chose an affirmation for myself: “I am focused and well-disciplined.”  I chose those words because I don’t really believe them.  I frequently let the perfect be the enemy of the good, which means I procrastinate, obsessing about how I should be doing what I’m putting off, instead of actually doing it.

Enough.

What I Want

I want to be focused and well-disciplined.  I want to spend my time doing things that I will enjoy, things I will learn from, or things that will have real benefits.

I do not want to spend my time procrastinating or over-thinking.  I want to spend my time doing.

The Potential I Can See

Openly acknowledging that my current normal is hindering my progress is helpful in itself.  Having that affirmation keeps it present for me, and reminds me that there are better options.

I can see how this ties into everything I’m trying to do right now.  Instead of over-thinking my original core story, I can focus on my new one.  Instead of obsessing over everything that does or doesn’t happen in my new relationship, I can be disciplined enough to maintain it.  Instead of despairing that my job isn’t meeting my expectations, I can focus on getting a better job or creating a career.

My Commitment

I commit to being aware of what I am doing and how my actions further my goals.  I commit to being present in my life instead of over-thinking the past or obsessing the future.

My other mantra?  “I can do this.”  I believe that one.

Seeds Planted: New Job

2 Oct

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

  1. I started a new job this week!  It’s both a seed and a harvest — obviously getting a job is the result of earlier seeds, but now it’s time to plant some new seeds and sow some success.  This job is not a good long-term plan, but I do want to have a good experience while I’m there.
  2. I applied to a few different places this week.  I do have a new job, but I want a better one so I’m going to go find it.  Or create it.  I’m trying to remember that I have a wide variety of skills and capabilities, so there’s no need to limit myself to two very narrow fields.  Shitty pay vs. shitty hours is a false dichotomy; why would I settle for either?
  3. I started reading The Artist’s Way.  Obviously it’s a classic self-help book, but it’s also a book about rewriting your core story, specifically so you can see yourself as an artist.  Seeing myself as an artist isn’t important to me, but rewriting my core story?  Yes, please.  I’m enjoying the morning pages.  I’m using the wonderful 750 Words and my goal is to do my morning pages (or afternoon pages, as appropriate) every day this month.  I also chose an affirmation: “I am focused and well disciplined.”
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