4 reasons why I am a complete failure

by Nick on December 16, 2011

Earlier this year, I told the world that I was going to avoid 11 things in 2011, starting with personal e-mail.  I then vowed over the next week to end multitasking, paying interest and paying too much attention.  For the details on those check out the posts.  You may notice that I only listed 4 things that I was going to avoid… well that’s because apparently the fifth thing I was going to avoid was “completing lists.”  That’s right.  I never finalized and published the rest of the list.  (Reason I’m a complete failure number 1, as you’ll see below).

Needless to say, those other 7 things are still on my “to avoid” list, but apparently they are for 2012 now.  So I’ll finish up the list and publish 12 things to avoid … in 2012. 

Without further delay, here are the 4 reasons I’m a complete failure:

  1. Again – I never even finished the list of things I was going to avoid!  What a doofus.  I had them all typed out, just not proofread and edited.  (Yes, believe it or not this slop is proofread and edited before I click “publish.”  I never claimed to be Shakespeare…)
  2. My personal e-mail ban was short lived.  What can I say… it’s tough.
  3. I multitasked like it was going out of style.  I think it’s officially out of style now.
  4. I paid too much attention (at times) on some things.  I’m going to automate stuff where the input/output ratio doesn’t warrant a lot of my attention.  Maybe I’ll post about each one of those and why.  Maybe you can join me in some of them if you agree.  HINT: Investing.  I pay too much attention given the amount of money I have invested to justify the time.  More on that later.

Can you believe it?  I posted 4 things I wanted to avoid and failed at 3 of them!!!  Kudos to me for not paying interest, but I need to do better for 2012.

Stay tuned for my 12 for 2012 list (I’ll definitely be including personal e-mail, multitasking and paying too much attention… also, perhaps, “not finishing lists” will make it…). 

How about you?  Now that we’re 2 weeks away from the end of the year, did you accomplish everything you wanted for 2011?  If not, get on it!  There’s still time (including 5 weekend days… come’ on that’s a lot of time). 

Did you avoid what you wanted to avoid?  It’s a good time to take a little inventory.  I’ll be publishing my successes soon too (yes, there were some of those, wise guy). 

Until next time, put your credit card down and slowly step away from the mall!

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Kooz December 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

#4 is good. How much time do you spend blogging? I spend too much time, to the detriment of things I could be doing that would help me or my career… But I enjoy it, so there's the rub. I guess it's not all about money…


Nick December 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

It ebbs and flows. On average it probably takes me a half hour to "post" but that doesn't include the time I spend thinking, researching, etc., money issues. I did that before I started blogging though and would likely do most of that without the blog. So the blog probably adds 5 or 6 hours to my week. I'm committed to at least one post per day during the week that is about money. I add a second post some days that is shorter or just a random thought. But, you're right, blogging is about expressing your passion a bit. One way to draw a line so it doesn't get in the way of your career is to schedule time to dedicate to bloggin activities (18i.e. 1/2 hour twice a day? 15 min twice a day? an hour at night?). The rest of the time carry a post-it note pad with you and when you have a thought that would otherwise interrupt your day, just write it on the post-it note and get back to it when it's your scheduled time.


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