Done. It's a word that conjures up finality. Following in the footsteps of 2017's "Year of Less" I have christened 2018 my "Year of Done". I'm not a big fan of resolutions, be they New Year's or otherwise. I do however like the idea of a theme for the year. After some soul-searching, add some cognitive down-time in the month of December, I have decided that "done" will be my theme for 2018.
I've told this to a couple of people over the last few days, and the most common question I get back is: "what do you mean by 'done'"? For me, and for the purposes of the theme, I have two specific meanings of the word done.
The first one is the most common sense of the word completing things. Getting things to a state of finished. Not leaving things incomplete, or in a state of profound confusion. In some ways I started this in the latter part of 2017, trying to make sure that I follow through on even Little Things like folding that load of laundry instead of Simply pulling clothes out of the dryer for a week and a half. But this also applies to larger projects, bigger things that I want to get done, and God forbid, goals. Goal setting has always been a bit of a challenge for me. Both in terms of setting reasonable goals, and goals that are, well, important. I've been getting a little better at that, my paper journaling has helped a little bit with that, but it's still something I'm working on.
The second definition of done, is almost more important than the first. It's important to complete things, don't get me wrong, but it's also important to know what not to do. I tend to get in my own head a lot of the time and allow projects and other things to simply pile up. Even things that I know in my heart of hearts I will never complete. I let them sit, and weigh on me. So the second part of the year of done is to make sure that whenever possible I simply acknowledge that I am done with a project. If it isn't going to get done, or isn't going to get completed, or isn't important, or doesn't interest me anymore: drop it. Walk away. Don't continue to bear the psychic weight of undone work getting in the way of better and bigger and more interesting things.
In the spirit of done, I'm also looking for more ways to allow technology to work for me. Knightwise's very famous saying of letting the technology work for you instead of the other way around well I've been known to do a lot of work for the technology. I like setting things up. I like setting up systems. I like installing Linux, way more than using Linux. But in the spirit of done I need to let my technology take work off my hands. To that end, I have managed to use Google speech to text recognition to record most of this entire blog post. Sure, it needed editing, and I had to rewrite a chunk or two, but a big part of the words were written for me. I didn't have to type them. And that is a good thing.
Happy New Year. Now let's go get things done.
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