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September 17th, 2004
03:57 pm


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One project a month?
I wonder if it would help me actually get things done if I chose one project (FSVO "project") per month and spent that month's free time mostly doing that project and not thinking about other projects. For example, I could spend a month on French. I'd do all sorts of French things that month, but I wouldn't worry about becoming perfect at it. If I'm only doing it for a month, I can't become perfect at it, so maybe I wouldn't worry so much about it. And, if I change things every month, I can keep things in motion, keep things new, so that I don't get bored. This would allow me to focus on one thing without worrying that I'm neglecting other things, because it's part of the designed framework to work on one thing per month. I find that I work a lot better with some sort of direction, and I'm wondering if some self-imposed direction like this would be helpful.

I just thought of this idea today, so I'm not sure what I think about it. Does anyone have any thoughts on it? Has anyone tried anything similar? I just really need to do something, so I'm trying to think outside the box.

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Date:September 17th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'd recommend that the first month be something physical *and* completable, so that you feel that future endeavors are worthy. ie, some house-related project - paint & redo a room. (I know that's not something you're needing/wanting to do, but that's the first sort of example that came to mind.)
I understand the goal is to not worry about completeness and perfection, but I think that having something as a physical reminder of the worthiness of a project will help stimulate future projects, keep you inspired to keep going.
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Date:September 17th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Try it and see how it feels.

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Date:September 17th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)


after Waterworld, i hear that kevin costner is available for cheap directing skills.
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Date:September 17th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
jo and i project manage each other on a weekly basis towards a set of defined goals. we meet for 20-30 minutes each week and check progress and plan for the next week. we review the goals a couple of times a year, or more quickly if the goals list seems to run out. so far, it works for us.
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