I really need to get my life in order. More often than not, I come home, turn on the TV, and then just space out until I’m too tired to keep my eyes open. This is not something that I would usually do. Usually, I would come home, turn on the TV, and then DO something until I’m too tired to keep my eyes open. There’s a subtle, yet important difference.

Part of the problem is the shambles that is my personal life has left me feeling very listless. I go in spurts of going out a lot (and by “a lot”, I mean like 5 times a week), followed by a couple of weeks of keeping my head down and not answering the phone, and then back to going out a lot. All of it is empty and meaningless, however, which leaves me feeling even more listless, and killing small parts of what little is left of my soul.

Bart, Pablo Neruda said, “Laughter is the language of the soul.”
I am familiar with the works of Pablo Neruda.

I’m having trouble focusing on the things that I should be doing…other than work, that is. I’m putting in a good 50 hours/week at work for whatever that’s really worth (other than distracting me, which is partially the point). So I’m thinking I need to get back into the habit of making Lists.

Lists are not something that you just enter into willy-nilly (yes, I went there), however. There are rules. Coincidentally, these rules are also in list-form”

Rules for Lists

1. Lists must have nearly achievable goals. CLEAN-OUT GARAGE is acceptable. SLEEP WITH JESSICA ALBA PRE-PREGNANCY is not.
2. Lists may not contain minutiae. Things like BREATHE and FANTASIZE ABOUT JESSICA ALBA PRE-PREGNANCY are inevitable and near-constant. Therefore, they are not List-worthy
3. Lists must have ringers. Despite Rule #2, there should be a few things on the list that are semi-easily achievable. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and bolster you to tackle some of the harder items. GET HAIRCUT is a popular choice.
4. Lists must contain no more than 10 active items at one time. Because really, if you have more than 10 things on your List, what are you dicking around writing lists for?

So, in my case, other than FIND WOMAN OF DREAMS, LIVE HAPPILY EVER-AFTER I have a number of things that I really should be doing these days. Not least of which is writing on this blog more often. It at least helps to keep my brain from drying out.


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