It’s been a banner week for productivity. The biggest news is that I’m off to a good start on my novel. I’m continuing to take it slow, having adopted one thousand word goal for each day. If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll note this is a markedly less than my earlier goals. You’ll also note my having said I need to mellow out and take it easy during my good periods. A thousand words is easy for me to hit, it leaves me wanting more and it also leaves me with time enough to do some other things. Like post here, goof off on Twitter and read.
On the reading front, I’ve received a couple of books in the mail recently which I’m eager to dive into. With any luck, you’ll actually start seeing reviews here again.
Or course, all work and no play makes Jeff a dull boy, and what better “play” might there be than running a Minecraft server? Well, there are probably a great many things better than having to deal with all the sysadmin stuff I’ve been subjected to, but playing Minecraft with friends is at least an order of magnitude more fun than playing solo.
I think the key phrase for these last couple of weeks is “finding balance.” Honestly, approaching what I have to do with a calm, relaxed mind has been difficult for me, at best. Looking at what needs to be done, taking a deliberate breath and saying “this one and no others,” is almost torturous, but I don’t feel depleted by the end of the day.
I don’t wake up at six feeling like I overslept and wasted precious time. I don’t hit a brick wall at four or five o’clock and feel my brain shut down. Instead, I have a pleasant amount of energy and ambition throughout the day. It’s bizarre, alien and might be precisely what a champion sprinter feels when they start training for their first marathon.