New Year Productivity

2018 Productivity and writing

Its been a while since my last post, especially after posting day after day for a while.  It’s over a month, I had taken a break from the book, the first initial draft had been done and then I did Nanowrimo, the book was put on hold and Christmas and New Year happened.

I asked a friend to have a read through of the draft, which I had already started to think to myself there were points that could be improved. I haven’t had all the feedback yet but the general gist was there were a few things that could be tweaked. Feedback is a gift.

The next step I need to print off in its entirety and read through, taking a book to get published being one of 2018 goals.

I took a different twist with regards my 2018 goals,  I decided to pay money for a notebook/ planner.  I saw one planner that looks really good but discovered it was only quarterly and expensive and only available in America, the minimum delivery charge made a 90-day journal far more expensive than a year journal for one I did get.

The journal I ended up with is called inspire now which I can say I am pleasantly pleased with.  Even if it is making me do daily tasks towards my goals.

As for my goals, that’s for another post as I have a couple more tasks to achieve today before I can get my reward of a can of diet coke, thanks to dry January.

[29] The room where time stops

I’ve always wanted a room in which time doesn’t move. It just freezes the very moment you enter to the moment you leave. I could take anything to this room even a laptop with the internet. Obviously, this doesn’t exist but it would be amazing and oh things you could do. You could learn everything you ever dreamed of. I recall this as I briefly crammed in some stretching this morning and looked around the living room. I see lots of unfinished things, stuff that shouts to me “Oi Martin what about me, when you going to sort me out. There’s a Xbox voucher for 3 months access, that’s been sat there for months, there’s a mindful gift I got for my birthday off my beautiful daughter in July than needs a daily commitment which I’ve given about three continuous days
There’s a novel writing book, the drawing pins box from yesterday, a lean in 15 book, which has never had a recipe made from it. The Guardian paper that I bought yesterday as part of the 99 tasks and for the free virtual reality headset, the baskets in the living room are another thing entirely. They are crammed with hidden things out of sight but I know they are watching. Ok if I only had my special room that I could drag all these things into them and come out seconds later with every open loop closed and that’s just the living room. Every room I enter the voices call to me. “Pick me Martin pick me” but all the voices are the same level there isn’t one that shouts with authority ” I am the one to do next, you know that” occasionally the voices annoy I find a window to do some ‘organisation’. I choose at random what gets my attention, I choose over whelming tasks I open the basket and piles things out. There is no time room to take them to. They get spread out across the floor, these items of curiosity. I get distracted. I make vague inroads and time is sucked from me. The place is a mess. I collate all my piles of wonders together, they go back in the basket the lids shuts better than it before ever so slightly. That’s a success right?, I con myself .
Even now as I write this on the train, I’d decided I wouldn’t write the book this morning but I would read a novel. I don’t read enough, I berate myself , but I am now doing something else instead.

I’m silently screaming in my head. I wonder if I didn’t take on a single new thing how long it would take to put all the curiosities and things I started, to bed. Life doesn’t work like that does it. Can you press the pause button and crack on with other things? and if you can which one do you do when there is so many. As I metophocially drag the list of unfinished things to the room where time stops.

[28] 85 Days till the end of the year

Today could well be the shortest post I have written so far. With regards to writing, today hasn’t been that inspiring. I am just reviewing the 99 things I said I would achieve by the end of the year. So I then decide I’ll post the 99 things. I keep the list in Google Keep as checklists hence the ticked off items ( at the bottom). I have managed so far 9, so 90 still to do and 85 days to achieve them. I will pick out 10 for the next week.

Going through the list  I noted some duplication so these have been changed to be added (TBD) at a point in the not too distant future

99 things in 99 days

  • 1 Get below 90 kg ( Currently at 91.0 but did make it to 90.4)
  • 3 Go somewhere never been before
  • 4 Read a Joe Abercrombie book
  • 5 finish the book
  • 6 Enter a story into a competition
  • 7 Walk 20k steps in Manchester
  • 8 Eat at work for a full week
  • 9 Drink 3 bottles of water ( 1lt bottles ) in a day
  • 10 Do 1 task a day for 1 week
  • 12 TBD
  • 13 keep spending diary for 1 week
  • 14 purchase £250 shares
  • 15 purchase £250 shares
  • 16 Try selling and buying bitcoins ( Already sold hoping for a price drop it hasn’t happened so far! oops)
  • 17 Cook dinner party
  • 18 Walk stairs at work for a day
  • 19 Brain training for 21 days
  • 20 Listen to 3 audiobooks
  • 21 Read a book had on my bookshelf for ages
  • 22 Eat salt and pepper chicken
  • 23 Do something out of comfort some
  • 24 Write a poem and enter in contest
  • 25 Write 1000 word story
  • 26 Walk down alphabetical Street Manchester – so A-Z
  • 27 Photo on Instagram for 5 days
  • 28 Swap a book on book swap
  • 29 Chat to some writing bloggers
  • 30 Eat Chinese food
  • 31 Catch leaves in a wood
  • 32 Draft idea for cover
  • 33 Go to the seaside
  • 34 Watch star wars Last Jedi
  • 35 Go cinema with Hannah
  • 36 Watch football in the pub
  • 37 Buy something for someone
  • 39 Watch something on top 10 series on NetFlicks
  • 40 Tweet 5 things in a day
  • 41 Act of kindness for homeless person
  • 42. Do something for Hannah (Daugther, I know she is trying to read this so if you do get to this bit don’t  worry I’ll make sure it’s cheap :). Text me when to actually read this with the word spatula) 
  • 43 Do something for Leo (son)
  • 44 Do something for Julie (wife)
  • 45 Do something for Helen (sister)
  • 46 Do something for Mum (er Mother)
  • 47 Withheld as someone might see this and spoil it
  • 48 Listen to a new band
  • 49 Listen to a new podcast
  • 50 Ask XXXX about her published book, name remove to protect the innocent 
  • 51 Watch a SQL bits video
  • 52 Buy a chocolate bar not eaten in years
  • 53 Do something seen on Lancashire tourist info
  • 54 Eat somewhere never eaten before
  • 55 Order something off internet, not from Amazon
  • 56 Buy a new cheese
  • 57 Smile at someone while walking in the streets of Manchester, taking my life into my own hands
  • 58 Post something of random to someone as a gift
  • 59 Jog
  • 60 Dance
  • 61 Try and speak to someone you haven’t for a while
  • 62 Eat a flavour of crisps never tried
  • 63 Bake something
  • 64 TDB
  • 65 Buy something for Hannah birthday
  • 66 Buy something for Leo birthday
  • 68 Take a photo in Manchester of something unique
  • 69 Catch a falling leaf
  • 71 Play cards
  • 74 Read a novella
  • 75 Walk from Buckshaw train station 
  • 76 Sit in a booth in Costa
  • 78 Buy a different coffee
  • 79 List all books owned in good reads
  • 80 Visit martincroft sign ( I have a road named after me!)
  • 82 Buy a magazine not bought previously 
  • 83 Enter competition in a magazine
  • 84 Buy a new shirt
  • 85 Buy new trainers
  • 87 Look into company car
  • 88 Finish my dad wrote a porno
  • 89 Find another podcast I like
  • 90 List all things started and not completed
  • 91 Decide on user group session and create it
  • 92 Sign up for Pluralsite for a month
  • 93 Bake bread in bread maker
  • 94 Eat somewhere new
  • 95 Read a book recommended
  • 96 Blog 50 times
  • 97 TBD
  • 98 TBD
  • 99 TBD
  • 2 Gym streak of 5 days
  • 11 Meditate for twenty-one days
  • 67 Drink something different (Tried Aperol Spritzer not that nice)
  • 70 Swim one work morning
  • 72 inbox zero all email accounts
  • 73 buy the guardian
  • 77 sit somewhere different on train
  • 81 go to 5 guys
  • 86 Finish python course