When I come out here to make a post, I’m generally surprised at how much time has gone by since the last one.
I think about Seth Godin, blogging every single day for years (although some of them are very short) and I can’t imagine how he does it. And I think that someone like me, who always wanted to be a writer, should have enough words in her to blog, say, once a week.
But I have an ongoing problem with doing tasks, like blogging, that appear on my “should list.” If I think I “should” do something, I’ll find absolutely anything else to do instead. My approach to things I “shouldn’t” do is roughly the opposite, of course, except for certain things that are on my “really hate” list. (Apparently I have a lot of lists!)
Lately, instead of writing blog posts, I’ve been responding to various online conversations that interest me. In doing that, I’ve had occasions where I found myself writing about a feeling or idea I wasn’t even aware I had until then. One of the benefits of writing things out (especially when pecking them out on a virtual keyboard) is that I take the time to search for just the word or phrase I want. Then, because spell-check changes words for me, I generally re-read what I’ve written multiple times before posting it, leading me to go back and clarify points that are important, and remove wandering thoughts that don’t really pertain to the matter at hand. Thus sometimes leading to surprise insights.
None of these conversations were on my “should list” — if anything they were more like things that would go on the “really not wise” list. (Yep, definitely too many lists!)
Maybe it’s time for me to junk my “should” and “shouldn’t” lists entirely. Maybe I should just have one big “bucket list” of things that would be fun to do, or that I’ve always wanted to try, or that I’m curious about. Then again, that’s just another item for my “should list,” isn’t it? (Yes, Anita, you “should” get to work on that right away!)