Today marks the beginning of Week 2 of my 100 Days Challenge. The first week, with all I had to do moving house and setting everything up, was more of a practice run that I would have liked. However, I did manage to meet my goals every day. I’m finding this process really helpful and while I feel a little silly making such a big deal of tiny tasks, I am actually achieving my goals and doing something to work towards my long term goals every day. Which is really exciting and encouraging.
For the past few months since classes finished and I realized that doing further study at the point isn’t financially possible, I’ve been stuck in a rut – sleeping in as long as possible and then managing to spend the whole day doing nothing and spending hours each night playing games on the computer. I couldn’t even bring myself to read or to practice languages, things I love and always enjoy. As for writing, well, my plans to do a second NaNo in December crashed and burned along with everything else.
In many ways, these 100 days of being a little productive are my way of getting out of the rut I’ve been in. And while I don’t want to jinx it by being overly optimistic, I think it is going well so far. I’ve moved up a level in Swedish on Duolingo and later this week, I’m going to get back into reading the novels in Swedish I bought in Malmö last year. Most days, I’ve gone for a long walk, despite the heat. Last night, I even started editing again.
Yes, these a small steps, tiny steps even, but they are steps I am making, which puts me miles ahead of where I was.