How the heck can you get stuff done while being a parent? It is a good question that I honestly am not able to answer with 100% confidence.
It is obvious that certain things take a lot of your time if not your energy as well. Having children is a great source of joy for me, but I'd still like to be able to make some progress on some of my projects. About 6 months ago I was reading about this guy that created a huge and well known project simply by working an hour or two each night after his family went to bed. This gave me a lot of hope that I could actually get something done while also having a family.
So I am looking to continue a small project and giving it a little bit of attention every day. While my time is already very constrained I think I can manage at least thirty minutes to an hour a night. This isn't the only goal I have though going into this new year. I would also like to learn one new thing a day and also do one creative thing a day.
All these things are important to me in my goal to live a fulfilled life. I think it is important to list your goals out and then revisit them at the end of the year to see how you faired so you can get accurate data on your own performance and to see if you are living up to your own expectations. While we may not always be able to accomplish all of our goals life is about the journey and at least trying is always better then doing nothing at all. I listen to a lot of people and I often hear reasons why they can't do something, or think some things are incredible and they could never accomplish them. I have also read about a lot of people who also encounter the same thing, but decided that they would do a little each day to make it to their goals. These things are troubling and inspiring. The troubling part is when some people decide to give up before they even start. The inspiring part is when you see some one do something complex and time consuming by just putting one foot in front of the other over and over again. Consistency is really the key. This is really something I had wish I knew when I was younger. Such a valuable lesson and one that should be taught in school every single day at the start of every single day.
But any way, lets list some of my 2022 goals and I can compare them next year and see how I did.
Learn something new every day - I think in order to make this one fair, I should probably list the new thing I learned in a sort of short log. I will try and make a special page and keep it updated. This will help me hold myself accountable.
Do something creative every day - Doing something creative is what I sort of do in my day job, but it is often mostly just logic and repetition. Doing something that gives me a chance to do something creative like drawing, playing an instrument, or just teaching my kids how to fold different kinds of paper air planes will I think improve my life in a lot of ways.
Work on a personal project for 30 minutes to an hour - This is probably going to be a little difficult when also trying to write logs and do many other things, but each one of the other parts of this list don't need to take more then 10 minutes at most. Currently I have a few projects I would like to have wrapped up and released as well as just considered "DONE", and when I say done I mean I am no longer going to focus on them unless I want to. Often times I have so many projects in various stages of being complete. This has been an on going goal for me in the past. I have been improving in this area and I'm not going to stop now.
Read One Book a month - I didn't list this in the above section, but it is worth adding. So much good material to soak up. I still have many books I would like to read, maybe in 2022 I will read them all.
So this isn't my complete list of things I would like to accomplish in 2022, but it is what I believe are considerable things that will help me improve in several areas I really want to put my focus in. I hope you get a chance to make your list. Maybe you can also try logging your progress.