Operation Achieve Anything: Day Three-Hundred-Twenty-Eight, Dateline 11-24-2018

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Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
— Carl Sandburg

Good afternoon crickets. Welcome to day number three-hundred-twenty-eight of Operation Achieve Anything. Though I’m not all that proud of the paragraph I managed to come up with, I’m super proud of the fact that I managed to fit in my Daily Breaker post at around five-thirty in the AM yesterday morning, while I was still up celebrating Thanksgiving from the night before. I somehow managed to pace my drinking and partaking of medical butter and smoke to where I was consistently comfortable without ever getting cranky of catatonic leading me to want to ride it out until I just couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. I ended up staying awake until noon and woke seventeen and a half hours later feeling nice and refreshed.

The time couldn’t have been better for this little break. For one, I found it funny that I had planned to take this time off all month, specifically to watch TV while celebrating Thanksgiving in my own special day, the same way I have for the past seventeen years, only to have it land on the day where the Achieve Anything… book tasked me to take a break from TV and technology in general. This made it extra fun to rebel and skip the assignment since it did go against my actual plan for the day and wasn’t something random that I might have felt more guilt for ignoring. The timing allowed me to skip this one with pride.

There were several other interesting instances with timing over the past couple of days that used to seem more common, but I haven’t experienced as consecutively in quite some time. For example, the last SNL episode I watched before starting my mini-break was the final episode before their winter vacation. Sure, I chose this to be the last episode that I chose to bank to afford to take a couple of days off, but syncing my time off with the show’s vacation wasn’t a part of my plan. I opted to stop because Gwyneth Paltrow was the first host for me to return to which is interesting timing considering that I’ve been watching her movie Duets on Thanksgiving for the past seventeen years, which was the whole reason I wanted to take some time off.

I was feeling so burnt out going into Thanksgiving, from not taking a legitimate break for a couple of years. Yes, I went easy over the past couple day’s, but I still had to write and publish two Daily Breaker post, as well as share the banked SNL content, which still ended up taking about an hour. Thankfully, the Jim Carrey episode that wrapped up 2010 was such a good episode. If the year would have ended with any of the three prior hosts, I’d probably dread returning to the challenge, so I’m including this as another example of good timing. Having Paltrow to watch upon my return to the challenge is another example because the time I spent watching Duets will make it super easy to jump right in when writing the intro for the review.

Whether or not anything will come from all of the interesting incidents of synchronicity over the past couple of days that I was, it was fun to go back to feeling like I was living in a more magical world. I used to see signs of synchronicity like this all the time and take them more as signs that I was on the right track until nothing would come and I’d end up feeling delusional and dumb for thinking I was special enough to experience something so magical from such a mundane world. Now, I just enjoy the phenomena the same way I enjoy an inside joke where I don’t really care if other’s don’t understand.

That said, the last two days were brilliant, I may be a little out of it from getting too much sleep, but I know by Monday, when my weekend, “go easy days” are done, I’ll be ready to hit the ground running. With that, let me now dig into the assignment from yesterday where, as I said early, I was supposed to stop wasting time being hung up on failed strategies from the past and get to work on finding the proper direction. As usual, I feel this blog is a perfect example of how I’ve been fulfilling this task for decades. Though working toward the same goal for so like may sound like a lot of failure, to the point where an outside may think it might be time to give up, I’m open to the fact that it may take the rest of my life considering the fact that I’m self-trained with self-esteem issues that I need to get over in order to properly promote myself.

I do feel like I’m getting closer and closer to finding comfort in my own skin with each passing day, especially the more and more that I realize that I actually love what I’m doing, I just need to keep working toward converting it into a job. As far as the workload goes, it’s perfect. If I were getting paid for it, I’d probably do more with the time freed up from not needing a part-time job. Then again, that extra time would go toward novel writing after I get done with my The Wicker Breaker-based challenges, which I have no plans on quitting any time soon.

Though I do often share why I feel things have been tough for me, it’s not me trying to pass the buck as to why I am such a failure, I’m just sharing the hurdles and the things that I’ve tried in my efforts to sneak in under the radar as a secret success. I’m probably going to continue to struggle for the next few years, but with each passing day, I’m growing closer, and closer to achieving my goal, receiving more readers, and money from advertising every day, keeping in mind that I’ve yet to market the page at all, outside of passive social media mentions. So, because of that, I’d consider this assignment to be fulfilled.

With that, lets now dig into the assignment for today where I’m now supposed to examine how I spend my time after answering these three questions:

  1. Are You in control of your Time?

  2. Do you spend your time wisely?

  3. Who or what gets the majority of your time?

I’m sure if you read this blog with any regularity, it should be easy to figure this one out, but of course, I’ll dig deeper into the details when I check in with tomorrow’s update on the topic. Until then, it’s now that time for me to sign off by saying, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.

Sincerely,

The Wicker Breaker

P.S. Below are links to my novel, which I plan to promote as part of Operation Achieve Anything, as well as a link to where you can buy the book that is providing the structure to this project in case you would like to purchase it in order to play along.

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.