I’m productive when I’m awake, but getting myself to the destination of awake is kind of like trying to make it to California in a go-cart (there’s a story behind that, I’ll tell you about it sometime).
Today I discovered the new geeky way of getting up. There’s an alarm that makes you scan barcodes before it will go off. For example, let’s say you want to make coffee and eat oatmeal first thing. You can program the alarm to make you scan the bag of coffee and the oatmeal box (which, presumably, would be in a different room than where you slept!)
I’ve tried a lot of the tricks that people use to get out of bed and let’s face it, there’s always a way to cheat. I used the alarm that makes you do math problems for a while but even after solving the problems, I would snooze sometimes. And a lot of the other tricky alarms I would eventually get annoyed with and just shut them off manually. I have an amazing ability to do complex tasks while half-asleep and still be able to go back to sleep afterward.
Why is this one any different? Well, it might not be, but the reason it is worth a shot is because it will force me to pre-plan my morning (which I usually do anyway) but then reminds me what my plan was. Sounds simple, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slept in and later regretted it, saying if I had just realized what I was doing, maybe I would have gotten up.
So, perhaps I need to set this thing to scan my notebook to remind me to write, scan my shoebox to remind me to put on my sneakers and exercise. For that matter, the alarm doesn’t have to just be for waking, but for activities throughout the day. The possibilities are endless.
Easier still might be to just record a motivational speech from myself and set that as my alarm, reminding me of why I want to get up and be productive. But I think I might lull myself back to sleep, so the kinesthetic style of scanning barcodes might give me the extra edge I need to wake up. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
I’m getting ready to launch a new version of this blog. I’ve already passed a major milestone in the arena of writing in that I am still here. In the past when I would get busy, I would abandon projects. Does anyone here remember open diary? Yeah, I had a few of those back in the day. One of the first “blogs”, even though the term didn’t exist yet. (Geez, am I that old?) Since then, I’ve had just about every type of blog that exists. Due to my perfectionism, however, I was unable to keep up with my writing because I held it to such a high standard. I would read it later and think my words were ridiculous and worthy of deletion. But I promised myself and my audience (we few, we happy few) that I would not quit, no matter what. Why? Because I am a writer. And writers write. I forgot that for a while. I left all the words in my head where they existed as paragons of plots and characters and messages. My mind was the only place they were safe from the critical eye of the world. But you know what? Who cares if this paragraph is getting so long that the skimmers and scanners among us have lost interest and moved on? I am writing. This is WRITING. Be it marvelous, miserable, or merely mundane, here it is.
I didn’t delete my old posts, just in case you were wondering if I am a flippin hypocrite. I have saved them for a place on the revamped site. I wish to make a distinction between before and after. Before, I was attempting to “establish” myself as someone and I used various tactics to do so. That doesn’t mean I was being dishonest or manipulative. I was just putting way too much thought into a blog that was only supposed to be about my writing journey and be a place for me to pour out all of my random thoughts so that my pointed thoughts could flow more freely into the book that I am writing. Would I like readers? Sure. But that isn’t the point of this for now. The point is the journey. Soon there will be sections of my site reserved for articles, essays, and more structured or intentional writing. But this, this bloggity blog right here, is for FREEDOM!