Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas and New Year season? The New Year, in my view, is one of the best times of the year. Closing the door on the old year and turning to face the new year, with all its possibilities. As I write this the new year is only one day old, so I haven’t managed to wreck it yet; there’s still a chance this could be a good year!
Oh, wait a minute, let me go and make a cup of tea… Hmm, it’s not worth starting now I’ve only got half an hour before [insert event/interruption here] starts, I’ll do it later… By heck I’m tired, I’d better go and have a lie down…Ugh, you know what it’s like when you’ve had a rest and you can’t seem to get going again? I’ll do the [project/task] tomorrow…
If I’m honest, it wasn’t my physical problems that scuppered my planned projects in 2018.
I kept putting things off.
New Year’s Day is my birthday and I turned 55. You would think by now I know my limitations and plan accordingly. No, my plans are still bigger than the active hours available in my day.
“A small daily task, if it
be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules.”
— Anthony Trollope
This quote rumbles around my head frequently. It seems lots of other people ponder about Anthony’s words a lot too, Google tells me so.
The daft thing is, while I might not have used Anthony Trollope’s words, I knew this over forty years ago. It’s why I spent countless hours playing My Way or the next day’s hymn for assembly. Thumping away at the keys of the electric chord organ my two fingers knew exactly how far they had to move to hit the right notes. Practice, practice, practice. Any spare time I toddled off to the music room and played. If the chord organ was still in the main hall from the morning’s assembly, I veered off on my way to lunch or tea and whipped through the current practice piece.
“I’ve just got time for…” was the thought in my head. When did that become “It’s not worth starting, there’s not enough time for…”?
I have ideas about what I want to achieve in a new year but I’ve never been one for resolutions. It’s far too easy to fail with specific resolutions; it’s almost like it’s written into the rules!
Another thing; never attempt to change more than one aspect at a time, that’s asking for trouble. I’ve read enough articles about making resolutions to know best practices.
- “I’m going to take
- “I’m going to record a video once a week!”
- “I’m going to make one digital paper or
All three of these aims are admirable. I haven’t been doing any of them on any regular basis, whatever makes me think I’ll suddenly change? And achieve all three at once? Will I heck as like!
My Daily Task
No more Herculean spasms from me! My one daily task will be to say:
“I’ve just got time to:
- start that blog post;
- open Photoshop;
- open Silhouette Studio;
- open Audible and listen to a few minutes of my latest book;
- open my Kindle and read a few pages;
- tidy my desk;
- call a friend;
- start something, anything, and see where it leads!”
Of course, I won’t try to do everything all at once. Perhaps that’s why I succeeded in my music practice, there were few distractions.
Sometimes I think one of my problems is that I enjoy too many activities. Reading, watching TV, watching Photoshop tutorials, messing about with digital effects in Photoshop, learning Lightroom, trying to draw. Whilst I love the internet at my fingers, the ability to look up any passing question that floats into my brain can distract me for hours as I follow rabbit-hole links.
This month I will begin. I will make a start on something every day, and see where it leads.