Has it really been a year since I decided to restart the site? Some restart, eh? Other than some photos and some postings of previously existing content (e.g. the SQL Cheatsheet), there hasn’t been anything new on this site.
I do have an excuse, a typical excuse, which is work is always busy now. When I first started JYCS, I was not working at all. In the period between 2001 and 2004, I gave up on looking for a job. Then, I decided to go back to school and work a part-time job. That part-time job has become a full-time job and I have become an important part of the firm that I work for.
In work and in life, I often find myself wanting to try (and learn) new things. SBS 2011 is out? OK, let me try that on a test server. Spanish For Dummies is on sale? Ooh, I want to learn Spanish. Civilization IV for $5 on Steam? Man, gotta get it. The problem with all of the above is that I start a lot of things but then I don’t finish them. I have stacks of video games that I have played for only 5 minutes. I have books where I have read only the first chapter.
Because of this behavior I often become depressed, lamenting the fact that I cannot finish anything. It is rather depressing though, wouldn’t you say? So, I’ve been thinking to myself how I can get rid of these feelings and this behavior, and I believe I have come up with the answer: do one thing at a time.
It sounds so simple, but in today’s society we see that it never happens. Children play soccer, go to school, and then learn piano. At work, we often start new projects before a previous one is complete. We can be so greedy as people sometimes. We want material things, but we also want achievements.
So, back to my new mindset: do one thing at a time. My thinking is, if I focus on a single goal, and then spend all my time on that goal, then I will actually finish something and then feel better about myself. Sounds pretty simple. The key is to not set a goal that is too high. Also, I’d only be able to apply this in my personal life. As I mentioned above, work is always busy, and it’s not always up to me to decide what projects to work on.
As this iteration of JYCS enters another year, let’s see if I can make a difference in my own life. And, if you happen to be in the same predicament as I am and want to try this method, let’s see if it makes a difference in your life. Good luck!