The busy-ness at work continues, and I don’t see an end in sight yet, but we’ll see — at least (maybe) there will be a weekend in the future!

I got one of the emails sent by my past self – a clever, sneaky guy, Past Dave – that was reminding me of my vow to practice the guitar.  Wait, what vow?  Well, you see, I got a guitar in 2006 and since then I have had a system (43things, to be exact) reminding me every once in a while that I committed to practicing the guitar.  Have I been doing so?  No, I have not.  Sort of a shame, I liked strumming and singing along with the starts of songs I liked.  I haven’t really had the energy to get a schedule going on that.  Mick told me once the easiest way to get myself into doing it is to get a guitar stand so that it’s just sitting out there, waiting for me when I get home.  I may go searching for said stand this weekend.

Back to the plan, though, of getting some project going this month.  I’ve already basically used up a third of it, but a lot of that was work crushing me.  I have basically decided that a self-improvement activity alone is no good – I want to be able to have something (other than my improved skills) to show for my effort at the end of the month.  Rather than enumerate the things I could do, I decided I would write up the goals for my activity and then apply those goals to finding a good solution:

  • I want to do something active; as in, not just sitting at a computer (I do that all the time anyway!)
  • I want to have something to show for my effort.
  • I want to do something that can benefit more than just me.
  • I want to work on something that necessitates a routine, since I need more routine in my life. (Seriously!)

Hmmm… a construction project (of some sort) might be the way to go, actually.