Just Kidding

I’m going to keep up with the daily blog for the time being.

So, here we are, the start of the month. I finished my social media detox project and am working on an article talking about what I learned over this past month and how a social media detox helped me to take the next step in my creative journey.

So what is this blog now?

Still figuring that one out. And I think the best way to figure it out is to just keep it an, unpolished, daily thing.

Except I’m going to change the format a bit.

I’ll keep Something I Read Today.

Something I Learned Today will just be part of the general writing blurb, and the purpose of the What I Did Today section was to highlight all the different things I did as opposed to being on social media, so I think I’ll ax that.

So, for now, I’m going to keep it in this daily tracking/journal sort of format.

Something I Read Today

“With every month that passes, the corners are knocked off the certainties of this world: and the next world too.” -From Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

My Last Day

Social Media Detox Project: Day 31

Here it is, the last day of my social media detox project.

What have I learned from this experience?

Who knows?

Hopefully something. Whatever it is, it requires more thought than I have capacity for at the moment, given that it’s my bedtime.

So, I guess that’s my lesson: I should complete these posts earlier in the day so I don’t fall asleep at the keyboard.

Will I go back to social media after today?

Who knows?

I don’t have any inclination to go back. I like the places that I am focusing my energy currently.

But what I will probably do is set a weekly limited time with social media, like 20 mins posting and interacting on Sundays or something.

As for this blog, I’m not sure, either.

I like keeping track of my days and paying them more attention, which this blog has allowed me to do.

I have to determine whether the time commitment is worth it.

I guess I always need to have the following question on the brain:

Would I rather do something else than this thing I am doing right now?

What I Did Today

Exercise

Novel writing

Blog writing

Video editing

Something I Read Today

“In Italy, you could always fight in the summer, if you felt like it. If you wanted to go out.” -From Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

Something I Learned Today

Creativity is not about how good you are relative to others.

It’s about getting better than you were.

Maybe

Social Media Detox Project: Day 30

Experimentation starts with maybe.

Maybe I don’t need to stay in my day job for the next six months to a year.

Maybe I can find a more solid stepping stone on my way to self-employment, as I trudge through this mud field to more solid ground.

Maybe I will be able to pay off my student loans with money from work I actually enjoy.

Maybe…

What I Did Today

Novel writing

Blog writing

Family time

Something I Read Today

“‘Nothingness’ gives your brain the time to think, the time for self-reflection, in which you can take back control of your life and do all those things that matter the most to you. It helps you to establish the work-life balance which has been eluding you for so long, in spite of your best efforts” –How To Be Insanely Creative in Life by Ravi Shankar Rajan

Something I Learned Today

That I need to dive deeper to find what I want.

The Beating Heart of Creative Work

Social Media Detox Project: Day 29

I’m having fun diving deeper into the characters I’m creating for my novel.

Figuring out all their quirks, and how the different world-building elements affect their lives and personalities is an interesting way to examine my own worldview.

I guess I’m learning more about myself, as I slowly uncover the beating heart of my creations.

What I Did Today

Exercise

Novel writing

Posted a YouTube video

Writing critique for a friend

Something I Read Today

“The veined stone will be his monument, when his own veins are drained by an embalmer; when his limbs are set like marble, an inscription of his virtues will be picked out in gold.” -From Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Something I Learned Today

I need to continue to remain aware of my self-doubt, but not let it take control over me. I need to continue believing in what I’m doing and allow the flicker of what I’m trying to say shine through everything I create.

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.

What You Can Control and What You Can’t

Focus on the former.

Ignore the latter.

If you do that enough, you may find that eventually the things that once seemed out of your control are not such a big deal.

What I Did Today

Exercise

Novel writing

Family time

Something I Read Today

“The only way to really care is to have human beings who care (and to give them the authority and resources to demonstrate that.)

Once you’ve got that, it’s pretty easy to show that you do.” -From Seth’s Blog, Too Big To Care by Seth Godin

Something I Learned Today

That I think I’m ready to quit my day job sooner rather than later.

Ask Yourself the Right Questions About Your Life

Social Media Detox Project: Day 25

We all have things we’d like to change.

But, a lot of the time, we find the change never comes.

This is because we aren’t thinking about personal change enough.

And when we do think about change, we see it as a monolith, a whole big mess of problems we need to fix. So, we shrug and say we’ll deal with it another day.

And “another day” never comes, because we are afraid of this perceived monolith. If we even take the time to do a little self-reflection at all, and evaluate the areas we are lacking, we see so many problems that we become overwhelmed and give up before we even get started.

The thing is, change needs to be broken down. If we have a large number of problems in front of us, the best strategy is to focus on one at a time. We can’t do everything at once; we don’t have the capacity for that.

Real change requires real focus and real commitment; it is not something you can half-ass.

You have to be honest with yourself. You have to ask yourself questions about why you behave the way you do.

If we do not ask ourselves the right questions about our own lives, then we have no hope of finding the answer.

What I Did Today

Exercise

Novel writing

Blog writing

Edited video

Something I Read Today

“It is important to remember that the environment drives our good behaviors as well as our bad ones. People who seem to stick to good habits with ease are often benefitting from an environment that makes those behaviors easier.

Meanwhile, people who struggle to succeed could be fighting an uphill battle against their environment. What often looks like a lack of willpower is actually the result of a poor environment.” -From Atomic Habits, by James Clear

Something I Learned Today

If you focus on things you can control, you may eventually find things which were once out of your control are no longer so far out of reach.