Tag Archive: progression

A Hand from the Past

We always seem to have those moments when we look back and think that we have accomplished nothing. As if no goals have ever been met. Nothing we intended to write has been written. And absolutely no progression is being made whatsoever other than the prolonging of our existence.  I was having such an episode the last week when I remember that I wrote a book…I wrote this book when I was in much worse shape than I am now, and that book really did the trick!



The book was “How to Survive as a Complete Failure” and it has the log of things I did to get through when I was in the depths of failing. I read it a night ago and wanted to have contempt and say that the advice would not work for me…but I wrote it, and there were examples of when that advice did work for me. Which after I get over my pity party, got excited that I could do things to make my life better and I have proof that it works and that I actually wrote it down!

I am considering putting this on Kindle Self Publish, it is only 27 pages at the moment, but perhaps I will go through it once (correct spelling and grammar and whatnot…), and any new stories or experiences and call it the 2nd edition.

This blog is exactly the same thing. When I see people asking about how to start a blog, or that they want to write but they are not writers, I think of this blog… Which I have neglected at times, but have still written. When looking back on some of the post I reveal in the fact that “this is not the most terrible thing I have read!”

A big thank you for those who have been following this blog, keep a lookout on Kindle store for the “How to Survive as a Complete Failure” book!

What accomplishments from your past give you a boost?


The thought that is most pre-dominantly on my mind is breaking away from mediocrity.  I can feel the slimly effects of being mundane, un-disciplined, and generally lazy.  Can’t you feel it?  Can you see it all around you?  Does it consume you and pain you as much as it does I?  That is the reason for my checklist.  To do the many little things that I believe if I can master then I could master more with my own life.


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Like most good ideas that I have, this has stewed in my mind for quite some time.  When I finally made myself do it, it was a simple list of things that I should do everyday.  If I did them I got one point for each item.  This was great for all those days that I sit and veg and think that there are things that I should do…but wasted to much time trying to decide on what to do.  With this list I simply scanned it and did whatever was easiest and then carried on through the list if I was at all capable of doing and of the items.  However I did feel that it was lacking so I tried making another version.


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This list is pretty much the same, a few changes to some items, added some checkboxes, and some notes at the bottom to help me figure out how to get the most from my day.  When I finally started to crunch through this list on a daily basis I found that there were some days that I did really well but I did not do the items on the list.  So I decided that I would use “The Wheel of Life” as describe by Dan Miller.  Then I would make a buffet that I could pick and choose items and try to reach 45 points a day to make myself active and productive.


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This is the final version that I am currently working with.  So far it has served me well.  I have not vastly improved though and I wonder if I put too many things that I never allow myself to sit down and get something done that takes more time.  I also really need to have a better point system where writing a blog post is worth 5 points since they take a little more time and effort.

If nothing else this checklist gets me in to do something with my day if I am becoming stagnate.  Another problem is that most of my side work is done at night after the kids are i bed and the wife is doing one of her projects…and getting to bed on time almost never happens.

So I would say that it is worth it to have a checklist like this.  At least it has proven better than not having one at all… I have tried deciding to scrap it and just keep myself active, but that has simply not worked.  Also having a point based system like this makes it a game where I try to score higher all the time.

What are some techniques that you have used to keep yourself active and improving each day?