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“fragment of the infinite” (time)

December 9, 2009

Being unemployed for long stretches of time, as I’ve been lately, wreaks havoc on my meaningful utilization of time. I’m a [Myers Briggs] P, so I prefer my schedule to be mostly-open-ended, but having no time commitments isn’t good either, because then it becomes hard to get out of bed (or to don “real clothes” rather than pajamas) some mornings.

I have a daily notebook that I use to keep track of many things, including To Do lists, which often have items that roll over. Other things I might add are: notes from books or magazines I’m reading, with my own notes about the text and its implications in different-colored ink; ideas for future creative projects; design elements; books or music I want to purchase; art exhibits I saw and what I thought of them; notes about words of interest and their etymologies; notes or diagrams about the personalities of my coworkers; notes related to my (seemingly-endless) career change process; etc., etc.

What I don’t have in my daily notebook (but sometimes have in a “special occasion” notebook/journal) is anything reminding me of what my overarching priorities are, and how I’m trying to work on them. This evening, I found a blog post that gave me a framework to conceptualize that higher-level of To Do list items:

  • Create
  • Connect
  • Consume (in the “take in and digest information” sense, not shopping)

I believe I’ve been spending far too much time lately reading blog posts and comments, hoping to connect, which is fruitless if I don’t write any comments myself. (See also, hours on Flickr when I’m not actually interacting with anybody.)

A second post from someone else on mindmapping different kinds of time seems like exactly what I need — once I’ve figured out my higher-level priorities, what activities can I do that advance those goals?

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I can say that the Adobe InDesign CS4 class that I started taking today (which concludes tomorrow) is awesome, and I can hardly wait to think of a project to create in it so I can practice what I’m learning. Yay, learning!

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