So it’s nearly the end of January, and so far I’ve watched 7 films this year, easily beating the total for the whole of last year. Since my last film-related posts I’ve added Tron: Legacy and The A-Team. Very different movies, both good in their own ways.
But the real news is that I’ve been chatting with friends and colleagues about movies that I should have seen, but for some reason haven’t. I now have a list of 66 movies that I need to watch! That should keep me busy for a while.
For the first few days of this year, I haven’t checked my Twitter timeline. At all. Not once. This was not a concious or deliberate decision – I just haven’t felt the need to look at it. I think the new-found focus from my New Year’s resolutions may be filling in a gap that used to be filled with Twitter. Basically, I had too much spare time on my hands!
I am now getting on with other stuff instead. Whether it is more useful stuff is debatable, but it is stuff that is more likely to have an impact on my life than passively reading a Twitter feed and then randomly diving in to the deep end of the web by following a link to something that I absolutely must read.
All of that said, I will probably continue to tweet myself. I find it to be a very useful venting mechanism sometimes and I would be in a worse place without it. I may also dip in to specific followee’s timelines ocassionally to see what’s going on. But the hour or more per day that I was spending keeping up with Twitter can be better used elsewhere, so it has to go.
Tools alone will not change you. They are necessary but not sufficient.
The changes I need to deliver in 2011 will also need a change of attitude. I have always described myself as a ‘realist’, but looking back, it’s been more ‘pessimist’.
From this day forwards let it be said that I will ask first not why I should do something, but why I shouldn’t. It’s time to live life a little. It’s time to shake things up and move out of my comfort zone.
I have mixed feelings about New Year’s resolutions. On the one hand, I feel that it’s a good idea to take advantage of the natural optimism that usually accompanies the start of a new year. On the other hand, I think that if you want to do or change something, you should just get on and do it, regardless of the time of year.
However, one thing that I don’t want to do is publish a traditional, boring list of New Year’s resolutions that I will have broken by the end of next week. So I want to outline some of the tools that I will be using to try to keep me on the straight and narrow.
I had a brief moment of mental clarity around May last year when I got myself a Remember The Milk (“RTM”) Pro account and started to use it in earnest. When your mind doesn’t have to remember all the day-to-day stuff any more, it’s much easier to concentrate on what’s really important and make better decisions.
On holiday in 2009 I had read David Allen’s excellent Getting Things Done (GTD), which describes a personal organisation method that is almost entirely based around lists. RTM and GTD are an excellent fit. Once you add in the awesome Evernote to store those reference items, photos and articles that aren’t actions in a list, you really are set for a fully-digital, lower-stress way of life.
So between those three tools, I am hoping to be more organised, more decisive and less forgetful in 2011. I have planned this year to be one of major change for me, so keeping things organised will be very important.
I ended up in the pub during the time that I hoped to use to finish my ‘proper’ blog post. Woops!
After the pub, I went back to my mates’ flat and watched the 4th Shrek film (I have no idea what the actual title was). Best described as ‘meh’ I think. Good story but not as funny as the early versions.
This was quickly followed by ‘Taken’ starring Liam Neeson which was pretty darn good. Zero thinking required, lots of guns and explosions and some pretty girls all make for a great movie.
Yesterday I watched Bee Movie, Wall-E and Inception. So I have seen 5 films in the first two days of 2011. I think that is more than I saw in the whole of 2010. This increased movie watching is a trend I would like to continue, but only if it’s not to the detriment of books!
I’ve been thinking for a while that I should start a blog. So, since it’s the start of 2011, I have decided to set it up and get it done. I’m not really sure what I will blog about yet, but I imagine that a theme will emerge that will set the overall tone.
I believe that the best way to improve your writing skill is to do it as regularly as possible. Therefore, I’m going to aim for a post to be published every single day this year. Since I haven’t been to sleep yet, I’m counting this as 1st January’s post, but since it’s 3am there is no way that I’m going to write anything insightful. I’m off to bed.