Recently I was drawn to a post on Problogger with the awesome headline of “How to Write a Year’s Worth of Posts in 30 Days“. How could I not be lured in?!?!??!
The post was about was changing the National Novel Writing Month challenge that is held each November to suit bloggers. The idea was simply elegant: making a series of 750 posts instead of one big piece totaling the requisite 50,000 words. I loved the idea (especially that the daunting task made my chest a bit tight yet still seemed almost do-able) and was ready to jump into it!!!
I had a great conversation with Topaz of “Be a Leading Lady” about it, and that is when I realized that while I could probably do it, it would be insane! November is so filled with activities that I am looking forward to: joining a new to me book club, writing personal letters in all my holiday cards, and my cherished Red Cross training sessions … plus my mom will be in town for ten days, there are three birthdays, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Why decrease my enjoyment of those activities by adding in something that is scary in a “normal” month? Why bite off more than I chew?
That is when I realized, if I’m morphing the concept anyway, why not move it to a better-for-me month?
My shoulders lowered and my inner peace returned.
Because of my tendencies to both see things as all or nothing and to jump at things that sound interesting, I have crashed and burned with many activities because I simply didn’t have enough spare time to do them at the level I felt they should be performed. I’m sure I would have stuck with some of them if I had been more flexible in terms of my expectations. For instance, as I was getting my A level in French I realized what would be involved in becoming fluent was much more than I had an interest in giving to it. So after my final exams, I dropped it cold. I could have given it an hour or two a week to listen to an online French program or read a “le Monde” article to maintain some of my abilities, but a partial solution did not dawn on me as an option.
Wow, I’ve learned a new trick!
How have you been able to avoid the “all or nothing” trap? or What are some of your favorite activities that come up this time of year?