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Posted on Saturday 10 January 2009 at 4:47 pm

Help me get my life in order

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I'm working on a life long goal/to do list. There are kind of two reasons I've decided to do this. The first is the quarter-life crisis thing. I sometimes think I've got it all under control, but then it pops back up. I'm hoping setting down what it is I want out of life, professionally and otherwise, and actively planning how to make it all happen, what I can do now to start moving towards my goals and what will have to happen later and therefore shouldn't be stressed about now, will finally nip this whole thing in the bud. The second reason is time management. Even when it comes to my free time, I suck at not procrastinating. I've got stacks of books and comics I want to read, scrapbooks I want to make, fanfics I want to write, etc. and somehow I seem to spend every bit of free time piddling around on the internet. This has got to stop. I've got a plan for creating and organizing the goal list and making sure I work at the stuff on it rather than create it and forget about it and some ideas of what to put on it, but I'm looking for suggestions on what else. Right now I've got the broad categories of Personal Growth, Health, Professional, Family, Friends, Fun Time, Travel, Try New Things, and Misc. and I've got specific goals in each of those categories. What other categories might I want to consider? What specific goals do you think I should absolutely have on my list?

Also, in the Fun Time category, I've got a section on reading. I read for fun a lot, but I want to start trying to branch out in what I read. Most of what I read would generally be labeled as Speculative Fic (science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, etc.) and/or young adult. I'm thinking about creating 10 other categories and trying to read 3 to 5 books from each category this year. Some young adult and spec fic stuff would easily fit in the categories I have right now and if I do three from each of ten categories that is only 30 books and I think I average more than a novel per week in a year, so it isn't like I'm saying I'll stop reading the stuff I like, because that would be silly. I just want to try to challenge myself to read new things. Any suggestions on categories of things to read? Here's what I've got so far:
Recced by a friend (meaning y'all had better rec stuff!)
Recced at a blog
New (released in the last few years)
Non-fic not for work
Poetry (realistically not going to happen; I have a block against poetry)


labellerose at 12:41 am on 11 January 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Well, since I was writing Indiana Jones fanfic for NYR last night instead of either cleaning my kitchen, doing lesson plans or writing a paper for my reading methods class- I don't feel qualified to talk to anyone else about time management, she says ruefully. (But was really fun to write, she adds-Marion! Nepal! Post 1926, pre-Raiders! OC who is not a Gary Stu! Marion says "If you think my name is really Lotus Blossom or Jade Princess, it's darker in here than I thought, mister" ! uummm, scaffolding back....)

Anyway, can't argue with avoiding wasting time on the Internet. Plans are good; goals are great. But in the words of the late great John Lennon
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.."
So just keep that tucked away in a corner of your thought-'K?
littlepixiechic at 4:58 am on 11 January 2009 (UTC) (Link)
I will totally rec books! For starters, you should read The Eight and The Master and Margarita.

I'm really bad at describing books, but The Eight is a mystery/thriller type deal. As you're reading and piecing everything together you're following a story during the French Revolution but also one during the 1970s. It's one of my all-time favorite books and right now I'm working on reading the sequel, The Fire.

The Master and Margarita is a classic and it's just amazing.

But I don't really have any suggestions on categories of things to read. I'm bad at categories.
bratty_jedi at 2:57 pm on 11 January 2009 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the recs. I'll add them to my to read list on Goodreads.

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