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I was so close to the end today that I had to push through and finish. My schedule is normally 35 new Kanji per day, but today I did 78.
And what a sweet victory it is.
That's not a typo. I just read over the last couple years of goal posts and realized something,I need to be working on my goals in smaller chunks because my life changes too quickly for yearlong goals.
As one guy said in the comments last year, I sorta suck at goal setting. So this year I have a new idea.
First, let's get to last year's goals:
Yesterday was Christmas. I spent it in New Jersey with my parents, sister, aunt, uncle, and three of my cousins. We played board games (Scattergories!), ate Christmas dinner together, and I "helped" my cousins play with their new toys they got for Christmas.
And then, in between those events, I did two hours of Japanese practice and also spent time writing content for Life Nomadic.
I have a lot of good habits as well as a lot of bad habits, but one of my best is that I treat every day equally.
If you ordered a book, it will be shipped tomorrow morning. If you didn't order one, then you can buy them on Amazon now. Thanks a lot to everyone who ordered,I hope you enjoy your book!
Here's a picture I took before packaging them up (and spending forever signing them and writing on the envelopes).
My sleep schedule is unusual. I generally go to bed an hour later each day until finally I'm going to bed way too late and I end up just staying up a full 36 hours or so to reset the schedule.
And that's where I'm at now. So to fill my day and keep myself awake I read Seth Godin's blog. Forty pages of it.
You know I'm obsessed with Seth Godin, so this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. I subscribe to only 6 blogs, and his is by far the most frequently updated.
Everyone's waiting for the right time for something. The right time to quit their job, the right time to ask her out, the right time to travel, or the right time to start a new project.
In a little over a week I leave Austin until June. I have a LOT to do. More than I will get done.
I have to get my RV's engine repaired before the warranty expires and I have to find a place to store the thing while I'm gone. I have a few things to sell on ebay. I have a few pieces of gear I'd like to test out for the new trip.
I had the foresight to go to bed early last night so that I'd be well rested for my interview.
Then I stayed up until about five am tossing and turning, imagining her questions, and answering them.
I just finished Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers. I always like reading Gladwell's books, but mainly as entertainment. It's that sort of smart writing that makes you feel like you're learning something important, even though the main purpose of the book is for entertainment.
Still, with any book I read I generally try to come up with some immediate actions I can implement from it to improve myself or my life. Outliers had a couple good ones that I'll share with you.
Small Scale Persistence is IMPORTANT
I've finally finished making Make Her Chase You into a paperback. I've been selling it as an ebook for the past year and a half or so and refining it and adding to it. After one last edit I finally felt like it was good enough to be put into a permanent format.
I also had a lot of fun laying out the book. I get really into design things like this, so I surrounded myself with books in my RV and figured out how a book is laid out. There's a ton to consider, from gutters and margins to font sizes and chapter pages.
For example... what is the very first page of a book? Take a guess! I would have gotten it wrong.
A couple weeks ago I was waiting at the bus stop to go to the airport. A two businessmen were joking around on the bench. I stood nearby, practicing Japanese on my phone.
One of them gave up on the late bus after a while so I started talking to the other one. He was friendly and a good conversationalist. Fifteen minutes into the conversation he casually and without shame mentioned that he was homeless.
Man. I was way off on that one, I thought.