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There’s always a reason not to

James Rhodes Comic on Zen Pencils
Image Credit: Zen Pencils

 

The more observant among you will have noticed that I’ve haven’t been updating the blog for a little while. There’s always a reason not to…

  • I want to clear my feed reader first
  • I need time to write that awesome post rattling around in my head
  • I’m just going to have a sit down first
  • I’ll do it tomorrow

Those of you who know me in person may have noticed that I’ve gained a few pounds of late. I should exercise more, but there’s always a reason not to…

  • I’m knackered
  • I need to join a gym
  • I just need to do <INSERT RANDOM THING HERE> first
  • I’ll do it tomorrow

Those of you who are good enough to chat to me in Welsh, and humour my mangling of the language may have noticed that my learning has plateaued recently. I’m making too many of the same mistakes, and learning too many bad habits. But there’s always a reason to gloss over it

  • I haven’t got time to go back to Welsh lessons
  • I’ll just pick it up as the kids learn it
  • I’ve never been very good at languages
  • I’ll do it tomorrow

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been pondering this cartoon from the excellent ZenPencils website:

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http://zenpencils.com/comic/rhodes/

(Go and read it, then come back…)

There was much of there that rang true, not least the staring at the phone. So after chatting it over with my wife, I’ve decided to revive the ‘don’t break the chain’ idea from my last burst of blog writing, and apply to three areas of my life I’d like to improve.

Each day I’m going to try and find an hour – 20 minutes for exercise, 20 minutes for Welsh, and 20 minutes to get a blog post written and posted. Tonight I’ve done a 20 minute session on a workout DVD (and ouch, by the way), I’ve started going back through my notes from my last Welsh course and pulling notes together into a Google Site, and I’m posting this. Not because of any sense of ‘hey look at me’, but rather because the more people I tell about the more reason I’ve got to keep going. Some days things will slip, but I’m going to try and find those three lots of 20 minutes every day because, as the dates on this blog and my expanding waistline testify, ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ really isn’t working for me.

 

Dave Stacey

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