Indie Life

New podcast from Shawn Blanc is called The Weekly Briefly, episode 1 Indie Life is out.

What’s the podcast about? “The Weekly Briefly is a short, weekly podcast about creativity, technology, and the like”

It’s already in my podcast queue.

Finding my feet

Last couple of months were difficult, not that something bad has happened. It was just the sheer volume and scale of changes that took place and the compressed time they took place in. What has changed? In the last few months I moved to completely new area which meant that my commute, shopping and training routines needed a very serious adjustment. There was also a significant career change and we have a new member of my family is on its way.

All of this meant that there was a lot of stress and we had to put a lot of energy to make sure everything happened on time and that the choices we were making were right ones. Although it’s not always easy to tell that immediately. 

Emptiness 

So after a big push to complete a project, after a big effort to get something done there is this moment of sigh “it’s done”. Achieving a goal is very happy moment indeed but once you’re there, there is a moment where you’re lost a bit. The big thing is done so what’s next. 

That what I got to experience, with all the big changes and adjustments happening at same time, doing more than just the basics was difficult and frustrating. This new situation makes you loose your feet. Before I was firmly grounded, focused on achieving my goal but once achieved it was difficult to re-orientate myself in the new situation.

As a result a lot of stuff had be set on a side and let fallow including this blog, my regular training and few other things.

Moving on

So the past couple of months I’ve spend a lot of time thinking, writing, making lists and talking. Externalizing this sort of stuff really helps to see it from a different perspective, even if it meant I was rewriting a lot of it. Perhaps that was the point, the repeating items indicates they require particular attention. 
 
The start of the new year was a convenient cut off point to focus on what lies ahead and do some proper planning. That process is almost done and one of my goals for 2014 is to makes sure I write here on regular basis. You will be the judge if whether I have achieved it.

Too much to do? Move up a level.

It’s easy to get over-committed. It’s easy to say yes to new projects and endeavors. As new items get added the list is overflowing with tasks, actions and steps it’s becoming difficult to pick the right ones and be happy with your choice. After all you could have selected a different task out of 300 sitting in your list. 

This type of thinking isn’t effective and it simply adds to overall frustration with the lack of progress.

If you have too much to do and continuously struggle with mountains of tasks it’s time to move up a level and ask some deeper questions like:

  • what do I want?
  • what’s really important?
  • where am I going?

There never be a shortage of things to do hence at some point you will realize that making sure that your ladder is stacked against the right wall is the key to personal growth and progress.

Pick up your blank slate

Part of the reason we’re at the top of the food chain is that we are chemically rewarded when we are industrious – it is evolutionarily advantageous to be productive.

— Michael Lopp

 The Builder’s High

I really enjoyed this piece and I’m working to get two types of high this year. The one Michael talks about when I create and ship something and a second one when I’m out on the run.