Yes. You heard right. I can confidently say I am moving in the right direction. It may take some time to reach the destination, but I'd like to think I'm getting there.
"How?" I hear you ask, "You were so lazy and unmotivated!" I hear you cry. Guess what gave me the kick to get going. The very same tool that helped me procrastinate for several hours on end. YouTube.
This week I began watching a brilliant YouTuber known by his fans as Bing
. I began the major undertaking of watching his 'Past Bing Future Bing'
series. PBFB is essentially a video diary/ vlog thing that occurred every other day for 2 years, but published only during the 2nd year. For example if Past Bing did Monday, Future Bing would do Tuesday, and it was dubbed 'A conversation through time'. It is an excellent idea. That's what got me thinking, "If I did that, how interesting would it be?" The answer; not very.
At that point I decided that I could do something productive EVERY WEEK and not just when I felt like it. Because Bings life sounded hectic and busy, but it was INTERESTING. He was going places with this. So I wrote up a 'diary' of sorts, that would contain what I did that week. Meaning I had to look at the weeks events each Sunday and either be happy that I progressed, or mad at myself for not achieving anything.
Here is my example from the first week:
: 13-19/05/13What I accomplished
: Art exam work, rough sketch storyboard for FOB – Alone Together, a few hours ukulele practiceIdeas
: Create a document listing accomplishments to help improve productivity, collect books/encyclopaedias to encounter new words/topics, make drawings/sketches of newspaper/anything everydayGeneral
: Lots of YouTube, enjoying Japanese music morePlans/Goals
: Create a flipbook/animation for a music video, practice ukulele more, get a personal quirk/do something differentProductivity
Like I've said this is my very first week of using this system. I am fully expecting slow weeks. This is just hopefully going to reduce the frequency of them.
Another concept I'm using to help me help myself is my idea of 'Long term fun' and 'Short term fun'. The idea is to get more 'Long term fun' done as possible. I define them as follows:
Long term fun - Doing something I enjoy that may benefit me in the future eg, drawing, practising my ukulele
Short term fun - Doing something I enjoy that will not help me in the future eg, watching YouTube, playing PS3/Pokemon/Fire Emblem
It's very easy to get caught up in 'Short term fun', I mean, it's fun! But even though I enjoy drawing, for some reason I don't do very much of it. Despite the fact it should help me in the employment choices I am looking at. Consequently I am looking at how much time i spend on each kind of fun. 'Short term fun' is fine, just don't do it ALL DAY.
So that's how I plan on improving my life! Please feel free to take tips and use my strategies and I'd be delighted if you tell me that I've helped you out!
Let's hope this works!
Also! If you're at all interested on what I do on a weekly basis, perhaps I could post my updates on journals here. If you're not that interested, never mind!
Have a nice day!