Two things collided this week to set up this post. The first was K saying on Tuesday that she’s not going to drink alcohol for a month (and now that I’ve said it here, she has to stick to it, right?). The second was reading Moderation, Addiction and When to Say When, over at Be More with Less (I really like the tagline: life on purpose).
Apparently it’s Lent. I don’t actually know what that means – and I refuse to google it – because I am blissfully ignorant of most religious stuff. I managed to spend all of my religious classes with my hands over my ears chanting “lalalalalalalalalalalalalala”. Two years at a boarding school where we had a weekly assembly with churchy stuff in it, a mid-week morning chapel service, chapel on Sundays and grace before meals, and I know jack shit about whatever religion it was. (As an aside, why on earth is the MSM reporting George Pell’s opinion on climate change as though his view on the topic is equal to that of a climate scientist? The man has an imaginary friend in the sky, for fuck’s sake.)
The reason I’m writing about how little I know about Lent is that I don’t want you to think I’m giving something up for Lent. This isn’t about Lent – whatever Lent is. This is about it being April in a few days.
In her Moderation post, Courtney Carver poses this statement from Inside-Out Simplicity:
I could never give up ________________ for the next 30 days!
I was going to say alcohol. But first I had to check my diary to see if there was anything on that I wanted to drink at. Which probably means I should give it up, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, I’ve got something more important in mind.
For the next 30 days I will give up wasting time.
This is a continuing theme on this blog as I struggle through my second year of my PhD, being robbed by the time thief and alternating between feeling like I’m not doing enough and not actually doing anything. And judging by your comments, a lot of you are struggling with similar feelings.
So, here goes: From today, March 24, until April 22, I won’t waste time.
No pfaffing around on the internet, no spider solitaire, no seven-tabs-open-I’ll-read-it-later. If I click on a link I have to read it all and then close the tab. And I’ve downloaded freedom so I can block my internet access. But this is about more than just my doctorate – it’s also about doing the things that are always on my list but never get crossed off. So, when I write in my diary (the 2011 type, not the Dear Diary type) things like “go for a walk” and “call the builder” and “call Wendy”, I’m putting a time next to them and at that time I will do those things.
Now, I guess we need a bit of structure to this. Tomorrow is Friday, so each Friday between now and April 22, I’ll share with you how I’m going and – hopefully – you’ll share how you are going with whatever challenge you’ve set yourself. I’ve put a 30 widget on the right and a 30 tab up the top, so you can find it easily. You can join in from today, or you can do a mini-version. We will be accountable to each other.
So, 30 days. Are you in?
Come on, don’t be shy. What better way to do this than as a group? It can be anything. Maybe you want to cook breakfast every day for a month. Or go for a walk after dinner. Or read two chapters of a book every day. Anything, it’s up to you.