Discardia Archives

So many projects 2016

Living in one place for many years allows unfinished projects to proliferate. Every time you move, there's a chance that something gets completed or discarded, but otherwise they often linger on, awaiting that extra time to work on them which seems perpetually just around the corner.

I've been in my current home for over nine years. And I've been in my virtual homes for longer: thirteen years of hosting on Typepad for this blog and somewhere around as long for Apple laptops which permit me to easily migrate all my files to new machines when I upgrade.

My intention is to carry on longer still in this apartment and operating system (blog hosting is t.b.d.), so it's necessary to routinely evaluate what's built up around the place. That's where Discardia comes in.

I practice Discardia not only during it's four appearances a year, but also on a daily basis. Through repetition I've made it a routine habit to question why things are present in my home and workspace. Often the answer is appreciation, but sometimes it's frustration or disinterest. The latter two become upgrade projects or get discarded (to charity, trash, etc.) And, yes, sometimes the upgrade projects do linger too, but thanks to online ordering and other services (and, checking my privilege, the budget to take advantage of them) it has gotten a lot easier to solve a problem when it presents itself rather than just adding it to a to-do list.

Omnifocus is my tool for tracking all my projects (and complex habits like periodic big picture reviews of my life priorities). As with the physical items in my home and the files on my computer desktop, the projects and tasks I have created in Omnifocus are subject to the same questioning: "Why do I have this? What is it bringing to my life? Is it helping me be who I want to be?" and the same steady adjustment or pruning.

Some people find it overwhelming to have a lot of projects, but by being very clear with myself over which projects are active now and which are not, I avoid beating myself up over not doing it all. Time and energy are finite, and self-care is necessary if you're going to achieve things in the long haul, so I keep short the list of what needs action today. Scratching off the last thing on that list opens up the opportunity to respond to the moment and my mood—and not infrequently that relaxed next action turns out to cross off something on one of those inactive lists.

 

So what's active for me today?

Well, it's the start of the work week (since we were traveling yesterday) and that means laundry. Since we talked our landlord into putting a washer/dryer into our house, laundry days have become fairly pleasant. That rhythm of moving the loads along keeps me moving on the rest of my list as I can play the game of trying to finish things before the next buzzer. Even the time consuming part of folding laundry has been upgraded to a treat as that's when I watch fun stuff on my iPad. (Thanks again to my best friend Lance for cluing me in to the Acorn TV app and their collection of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries!)

I've got a writing client now, so most of those between-load work sessions and much longer stretches over the days to come will be spent researching and writing about the history of specific cocktails. Look forward to an announcement later in the week about this project.

The ongoing work of handling my late father's estate continues. Mercifully matters relating to the house are now in the hands of my realtor and her fix-up crew, so I'm no longer schlepping over to the east bay to clean. The focus now is a combination of bureaucracy—most of those hurdles already cleared—and sorting through the last 10 boxes of papers and memorabilia. I'm hopeful that by the end of the month our house will return to a less cluttered state. The chaos has already been reined in to just the room where my home office is located; soon I won't have banker's boxes looming on either side.

As the estate project comes under control, I'm catching up on everything that was dropped during Pop's medical crisis and my handling of his home when he went into the hospital and after he died. Bit by bit, I'm clearing messes, tackling minor to-do's, and consolidating project support items.

Alongside all this is the background hum of life: processing bills and statements, maintaining our home and small container garden, handling our publishing business Sanders & Gratz, prepping for the next D&D session I'll be gamemastering, and chipping away at my long-term projects (many of which involve bringing bits of my online creativity and other memorabilia into this blog at their appropriate past dates).

If time permits, I've got other writing I want to do: first, an election slate for this very important election, and, ongoing, more work on Bibulo.us and on my history book about servants in Elizabethan England.

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 11:21 AM in creativity, Discardia, tools | Permalink | Comments (0)

Decide where we draw the line and then defend that line 2014

One of the important ideas behind the holiday I invented, Discardia, and the book which I wrote about it, is that we should think about our limits and preferences. We should decide where we draw the line and then defend that line.

Which is why, despite some wonderful conversations and shared links here in Facebook, I'm in strong agreement with this video and after July The Art of the Shim will no longer be on Facebook.

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Posted on June 7, 2014 at 11:17 AM in Bibulo.us, Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Delete your Facebook! 2014

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Posted on June 7, 2014 at 11:14 AM in Discardia, warnings & kvetches | Permalink | Comments (0)

Advice from 30 year old me to 20 year old me 2014

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Discard awkward conversations meeting people with adopted children 2014

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Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

How to get a busy person to respond to your email 2014

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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sherwood Forest 2014

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Posted on April 10, 2014 at 08:20 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Institutions can practice Discardia too 2014

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Posted on April 4, 2014 at 02:18 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

World Backup Day 2014

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Posted on March 31, 2014 at 02:48 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lower your stress by managing those incoming streams 2014

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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 01:12 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Discardia! 2014

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Posted on March 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

my own distractions 2014

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Posted on March 9, 2014 at 06:13 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

What are you trading away that might be worth more to you than what you're getting? 2014

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 10:21 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

the latest upgrade at our house 2014

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 02:55 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

What would you actually use often if it was easier to access and store? 2014

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 02:55 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

think big thoughts about what you want for the coming year 2014

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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Discardia is here again! 2013

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 12:03 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Find your sense of self. 2013

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Posted on December 13, 2013 at 04:29 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Selling death. 2013

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Don't undermine the basics of life. 2013

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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 04:18 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rinse away the grime. 2013

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

You deserve a clean and pleasant home that restores and empowers you. 2013

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Sex Toys in the Attic 2013

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Posted on November 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Benefits of Low-Alcohol Drinking 2013

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Posted on November 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

You have permission not to do everything. 2013

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Posted on September 22, 2013 at 07:00 PM in Discardia | Permalink | Comments (0)

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