Monday, November 30, 2009

Things That Work

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about “things that work” - those little habits or behaviours that can make your day run a little smoother and help you reach your goals. One thing that really works for me is checking things off of a list. I am bizarrely motivated to do almost anything that I’ve written down as part of some sort of To Do List. I also like to track things, like the number of kilometers I’ve put on my running shoes. Yes, really. I used to wonder what was behind all this neuroticism, but recently I’ve come around to the fact that it doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that it works. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to use my list-making/tracking compulsion to my advantage. I’ve realized that if I combine my love of list-making with some sort of internet-based accountability (i.e. this blog) I could truly take on the world. Or at very least accomplish a lot of the things I always talk about, but never quite get around to doing.

Next: I will list (!) all those things that I want to do with subsets (!!) detailing how I will do them. Then I will track my progress here. It could be terribly boring, but more importantly, it may actually be effective.