September 2011

Update: I’m finally posting this midway through the month, and I am doing better than usual, but I’m no saint.  I’ll try to push through with this until I head to Portland at the end of October.

My plan is to spend the month of September spending as little money as possible.

This will likely lead to a lot of time at home, which I will try to spend simplifying my life, ideally:

  • Getting rid of things I don’t need
  • Finishing projects that remain incomplete
  • Cooking and eating healthy
  • Give extra attention to those who mean most…that’s a lot of people, so a few at random every month
  • Digitize 30 years of notes, sketches and scraps of paper.  I have a lot of scraps of paper
  • Hydrate!
  • Respond to concerns as they arise, immediately and in the moment
  • Generally don’t procrastinate on anything
  • Pick three projects, one personal, one professional and one creative and attack them like a hungry piranha
  • Deep breaths while commuting… unless the train smells bad, which is often
  • Do one thing at a time
  • bias toward action!
  • Organize, compartmentalize and itemize (label)
  • Read the several months of backed up papers and magazines. Don’t renew subscriptions… except NYT
  • Unsubscribe, unsubscribe, unsubscribe (I’m on a lot of email lists that I delete without reading)
  • Don’t make so many damned lists

If you have any advice or words of encouragement, feel free to share, and if you feel like buying me a drink, call me in September.

6 thoughts on “September 2011

  1. you can do it! :) i went through a TON of paperwork last night, mostly old bills and financial documents. working on organizing my life a bit too.

  2. take photos of progress… there are people that would love to see it! (motivation?)

    i’d buy you a drink but is that weird for a former student to do that?

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