Operation Achieve Anything: Day One-Hundred-Fifty-Nine, Dateline 6-8-2018

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Procrastination is the thief of time.
— Edward Young

Good morning crickets. Welcome to day number one-hundred-fifty-nine of Operation Achieve Anything. I woke up extra early this morning after an early slumber. I didn’t want to wake this early but my new thing is if I can’t get to back to sleep while I have things to do, I get right to work rather than laying around with my eyes closed wishing for just one more hour of rest. That way, I can finish my day earlier and then fit in a nap.

With today being a Friday I think I’m going to try a new approach to wrap up my week by finishing my obligations as quickly as I can in order to take the rest of the day off to rest up for the weekend when I plan to continue to work on overhauling this blog. I know this goes against the Achieve Anything… book’s, “Tomorrow starts today” themed assignment but I need to set aside time for breaks especially from my personal projects in order to avoid burning out to the point where I don’t want to do anything.

As I said yesterday, I get the concept that the book is trying to sell when it comes to things like diet, exercise, and cleaning projects around the house, where there is no real excuse for not starting right away but I do see validity in having to wait for tomorrow when it comes to certain things. For example, I have to wait for my next payday in order to afford the software I need to move forward, so I see nothing wrong with keeping this in my head rather than just jumping in before I have the resources I need.

I actually feel that having these plans for the future isn’t as bad as the book claims, yes I could die right now from a heart attack, making these future plans worthless as the book says but using that logic, I’d still be dead either way. I find that when I do have these grandiose plans for the future where I have to wait for “A” before moving on to “B,” I end up creating tiny tasks that make progress toward my ultimate goal while I wait. In a way, this actually works in agreement with the concept of the book as long as there really is progress being made.

 Today’s assignment is based on another lesson against procrastination, which ironically is beginning to feel like the book’s author procrastinating to get to the meat of goal achieving book considering this is the fourth procrastination-based lesson this week that comes to the same exact conclusion as the prior three. It also feels very procrastinationy in that it’s the third time the assignment attached was simply to avoid procrastinating throughout the day instead of a well thought out task.

I don’t know, I usually feel that these themed segments of the book have a filler quality to them, especially when the focus is on something obvious like being against procrastination. Oh well, I’ll delve into this more when I check in with tomorrow’s update. With that, it’s now time for me to wrap this thing up as usual 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.