I’ve never claimed to be anything but a slow and shallow thinker, which is why I love the idea of Tet/Lunar New Year. It gives me approximately a month of time to faff around, working out what I want to do, and feed off everyone else’s progress on their New Year’s resolutions from way back at the start of January (many of which have burned out by now, let’s be honest).
As per my previous post, I have already done something that’s made me really happy this year… admittedly it’s something that was a holdover from last year, but I am not a temporal creature, and so will likely be celebrating it for the foreseeable future.
There’s enough distraction going on in my own life that even if ‘Murica was being calm and level headed, I could easily fritter away my time on random pointless pursuits and rest on my laurels, for I am good at both of those things. But, I don’t wanna, even if I am a lazy bugger. While having a One Thing (writing in my case) is great, how do you focus on that while not burning the toast so to speak in regards to all the other facets you want to commit to?
A party member and I came up with the solution in late December: Spin off an alt, whose tasks were solely related to the One Thing. That way you can concentrate AND still remember/reward yourself for all the other things that pile up. Already it’s been hard to resist creep of scope, because surely it’s OK to put this vitally important but irrelevant job here, in this nice, pristine location so I don’t overlook it… NO! Stay strong! And while I have overhauled my normal account, there’s still a bunch of red things languishing in my to-do’s and unclicked habits I just can’t bear to remove. But in relation to the One Thing, it doesn’t matter. There’s even some One Thing items on my real account, because why wouldn’t I want to celebrate and chart them there too?
We will be skipping quests and party buffs in favour of having a party chat for actual conversation, mainly progress reports, encouragement and asking for suggestions. I haven’t joined any guilds yet, but will be very judicious in my selection of them, discarding them if they’re not of value to the One Thing, and possibly ignoring the chat and just picking up useful challenges. While that sounds antisocial, I can do all my gadding about on my normal account, and so can keep the mindset of this being all about the One Thing.
It’s still early stages yet, so I have only blocked in the basics: A daily 15 minutes of writing on my WIP (normally I have word count goals, this time I am trying a timeframe to see if I like that better). 15 minutes is not long, but neither is the word count I aim at (usually 350 words based on this excellent post by Chuck Wendig), a couple of Twitter competitions I want to participate in (I don’t really get Twitter, mainly lurking on it for distractions, rather than actually interacting with people, but that seems popular for writers, so I will trial it), habits for extra writing, planning, editing, posting and flash fiction. Plus some to penalise myself when I get distracted, though I prefer carrot over stick and so may end up removing them if they’re too demotivational.
So this, in a nutshell, is my plan for using Habitica for staying focused on my New Year’s resolution of the One Thing while still being able to pretend at doing everything else.