The Best-Laid Plans

Sometimes you lay out a detailed plan for your whole afternoon.

Sometimes you set out to write your weekly post about the value of planning.

Sometimes your dog breaks into the hen house, kills three of your chickens, and throws off your entire afternoon.

It happens.

Sometimes.

“The best-laid plans…” as they say. Actually, I don’t know what the complete saying is. I always just hear people say “The best-laid plans…” and then you’re supposed to finish the rest, I guess.

The best-laid plans don’t account for bloodthirsty dogs. There.

What I can say about planning is that sometimes, it has no value, whatsoever.

Planning can’t really prepare for the unexpected. 

That’s why it’s unexpected.

Maybe there’s a theme in here about death somewhere, too. 

I’m sure the chickens didn’t wake up this morning thinking it was their last.

I guess none of us really know.

That’s why I quit my job. That’s why I spend my time doing what I love with the people I love.

I know it can’t be the same for everyone. I know the system pushes a lot of people down.

We are always connected these days, though.

And with connection comes opportunity.

Pockets of opportunity exist everywhere, albeit to varying degrees of visibility.

But they are always there.

That’s why it’s important to pay attention.

That’s why it’s important to minimize distraction.

Making the most of life means paying attention, but you have to decide what that means for you.

If this sounds like general advice, it is.

If you need a little more, here’s some:

Gravitate toward the creative things you love. 

Avoid the things that keep you from doing those creative things on a consistent basis.

For me, this means:

  • staying off social media.
  • avoiding binge watching.
  • reading books.
  • going on nature walks.
  • regular exercise.
  • writing daily.
  • spending time with my child.
  • spending time in the sun.
  • regulating the media I consume (no more than an hour a day of video games, for instance).

Anything less will bring me down. Maybe not all the way, but in fragments.

But those fragments add up.

Maybe it’s the same for you, or vastly different.

I hope you don’t spend most of your time doing things you hate and the rest of it distracting yourself from that fact.

And, I sincerely hope the bloodthirsty animal jaws of death remain far, far away from your hen house for a long time.

Be well, John Spartan.

Sluggish Change

Social Media Detox Project: Day 28

Change is hard.

Change doesn’t happen overnight.

Change often feels like a slog.

And it happens so slowly that we don’t really notice it unless we’re actively keeping track of it.

This is why bullet journaling has been so beneficial to me. With it, I can evaluate what I did in a given week or month, and use my entries as a reminder that I am, in fact, moving forward.

Because some days it feels like I’m not.

What I Did Today

Novel writing

Video editing

Family time at the movies

Something I Read Today

People Don’t Change

“(Unless they want to)

Humans are unique in their ability to willingly change. We can change our attitude, our appearance and our skillset.

But only when we want to.

The hard part, then, isn’t the changing it.

It’s the wanting it.” -From Seth’s Blog, People Don’t Change by Seth Godin

Something I Learned Today

That my unscripted YouTube videos are kind of ramble-y. I think I need to do something about that.

Practical Advice About Owning Your Life

Doing meaningful work requires a greater degree of autonomy and freedom in order to thrive. Being ordered to do things you don’t particularly enjoy day after day because money is no way to live life.

The good news is that you own your life.

You can change it.

But it’s a slow process. It takes time to get there, to build momentum and to keep it going.

The sooner you understand this, the sooner you can begin to make things happen.

Visualize Your Life, Realize Your Potential

What does your ideal life look like and what steps are you taking to make it a reality?

You have innate potential.

Don’t keep it buried underneath the shroud of self-doubt.

Wake up, reach inside and let it out.

Then show us what you can do.

Building Momentum

If you enjoy what you do and are gaining momentum, don’t let your fear interrupt it.

It takes time and energy to build up this momentum, but like a plane taking off from the runway, once it gets going its hard to stop.

So, keep going.

Don’t stop.

Always move forward. Bit by bit. Every day.

And don’t look back.

Do What You Enjoy

I’ve been focusing more energy on work I care about and less on meaningless tasks.

The goal is to get to a place where my work is wholly dedicated to the good projects.

How will I achieve this goal?

By putting dedicated time and energy into the work I care about. Bit by bit. Every day.

Or die trying.

Unstoppable World

The world is always turning.

It does not care what you think about this.

It turns and will continue to do so, no matter how hard you protest.

And why would you?

The world stops for no one.

Neither will I.

What’s your goal?

Do you own your life?