Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Clock Management

One of the things I will have to do to get disciplined about this project is treating it like a job, in the sense that I'm clocking in at a certain time, clocking out at a certain time, and working x hours a week. Maybe I'll try letting my schedule be a bit flexible, but the hours per week part is definitely important (and I suspect sticking to specific hours will be, for me, as well).

And posting on my blog counts as part of my project time, since it's all about gathering my materials in one place and organizing it via tags.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Harness Your What?

"The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it." - Benjamin Disraeli

As I began thinking about how to approach a book about the subject of identifying what you are passionate about and harnessing that knowledge to improve your life, career, education, etc., it became quickly apparent that there are a vast number of topics I wanted to touch on and angles to look at those topics through. Without some plan to organize all of that, my book would be a wreck, but to take on organizing that is a huge chore. So the big first question: am I ready to commit to all that work?

The answer I have come to firmly in my heart is yes, and one of the reasons for that decision has little to do with the book and is, frankly, a bit selfish. I want to do this because the more I study getting passionate about your life (and pursuing the things you feel so strongly about), the more I'll learn about my own life and how to make the most of my strengths and "labor loves".

Everything ultimately, I think, comes down to one question that I hope to answer in this book - How do I spend more of my time each day doing what I love to do? I have some things I think are good answers, some that I believe will be easier to implement than others.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Writing Your Passions

"The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible." - Vladimir Nabakov

I'm about to set forth on a new journey. I've thought about this journey many times before, much as I have thought about going to visit Italy, or New Zealand, or some other distant destination. It is a place that I have decided it is finally time to go. I need to write a book.