Goals, time, and a big blacklog of entertainment

Every day this month, I spent my free time writing and publishing a blog post instead of reading or watching movies. This is what happened.

One month's enteratinment backlog

And this is just the stuff I brought home from the library.

Holy backlog, Batman!

This to-be-consumed pile really makes me think about goals and time and life.  We’re so quick to say, “I want to exercise or learn to code or write a novel or insert your dream here, but I just don’t have the time. Maybe someday.”

You know what? “Someday” is never going to come. Not with that attitude. The only way that goal is going to get achieved is if you make the time for it.

Camp NaNoWriMo did a good deed for me: it gave me a deadline. It forced me to pick a month, define a writing project, and set my own word count goal. I decided to write and post an article every day and hit a 10,000 word goal for the month. It wasn’t going to be easy, but I knew that it was doable. Meeting these goals required me to make the time to write. It had to come from somewhere. It came from the time that I would have spent consuming this pile of books and movies in a regular month.

If you have a goal or a dream that you want to pursue, don’t put it off. Don’t imagine that it’ll happen “someday.” I have never turned a page in a planner and found a date, time, or day of the week called “Someday.” Look at your schedule. Look for the cracks, for the time that you already use for yourself in some way. Maybe you’ll find some hidden time in there that you can use to work on that goal for a while.

I found time to write 31 blog posts and almost 16,000 words this month. Who knows what you’ll find time to do?

2 thoughts on “Goals, time, and a big blacklog of entertainment

    • Not only did I make it, I surpassed 10,000 by quite a lot. It feels fantastic! I plan to write a post about the experience, but it’s so fresh that I need a little time to gather my thoughts before I try to write much about it.