You know, I think I’ve found another addictive activity to pursue in this blog writing thing. Which reminds me, I’ve been meaning to change the name of this “journal” section into “blog”, because well, that’s what it is. “Journal” was just my feeble attempt at being different. Actually, I keep a journal and was confusing the two.
For several years I had a lot of projects and goals I wanted to accomplish, but for one reason or another I had trouble really accomplishing them. I’d make some progress here and there, but sustaining that progress was difficult. I began reading about self-improvement on a whim (one thing I’ve learned is that things don’t really happen on a whim, but I may talk about that in a future post). Now here’s another one of those addictive activities. One of the first books I read was the 7 Habits, by Stephen Covey. It helped me figure out my values and purpose (that I’m basically selfish, ha!). Another early read was The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. That book got me started writing journals (or “morning pages”), which I’ve been doing for a while. There were many other books along the way, which I’ll discuss in the future (ah, the future). Many of them can be found at used book stores at a price even I can afford.
Recently, I’ve been reading Getting Things Done (GTD), by David Allen. I’m putting a lot of effort into following his system, and it’s working. I had a lot of goals already, and this system helps me make progress on them. What I like about GTD is its holistic approach. Allen wants you to look at all of the obligations and commitments in your life and decide what to do about them. He provides a systematic approach to doing this. There are plenty of sites about GTD. 43folders is a popular one.
These books and ways of thinking might help you, as it’s helped me. I don’t believe there’s a single philosophy that’s going to answer all our questions about life. I believe in keeping an open mind, and using our creative powers to form a better understanding of ourselves.