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My First Week of Semi-Employment

I have a very long list of things to get done “when I have the time.” Do you have one of these lists too? I began adding to it in earnest when it began to look like I’d be reducing my hours at my job. Now I have a list filled with projects and tasks that would normally get done only in my wildest dreams. My wildest dream meaning, “when I have the time.”

Now I have more time and I’m scared shitless. Now I don’t have a lot of excuses if I don’t get things done. Now I’ll be goddamned accountable since that well worn safety blanket is going away. Before I always had reasons why I couldn’t develop my creative endeavors. I don’t have the time! It’s comfortable to have outside restrictions, because then it’s not my fault if I don’t live up to my potential. I never had the time! Not my fault! I’m a victim over here!

Familiar? I could dream about these ideas and they could stay in my mind, untested and unchallenged, as a nice sunny fantasy that I could visit when ever I wanted. If I drag them out into reality, cold, hard, real, reality, then what happens if my grand ideas fail? If I fall flat in real life, then my elaborate, precious fantasy goes with it. And that would suck. Maybe I should just keep my desk job and be happy with where I am.

Ha, no. Yes, it’s scary. But we’re going to have a go at it. What’s the worst that could happen? We fail, we blow through our savings, we can’t get a job in this market, and we end up living under a bridge. Not so bad, right? You’ll give us spare change at the exit ramp, right?

I have a lot of stuff to do. Here are some of the things I have on my to do list now that I have 20 more hours in my week.

  • Scheduled an appointment with a small business accountant.
  • Learn how to use goddamn QuickBooks.
  • Look up local resources for small business development.
  • Research health insurance options for individuals and small businesses.
  • Rearrange some of our sites’ hosting plans.
  • Find a viable contact management system (seems like it shouldn’t be that hard, but you’d be surprised.)
  • Develop various upcoming features for Daveknows.org.
  • Revamp mile73.com with new theme and awesomeness.
  • Join networks and social media sites that don’t suck and/or annoy me.
  • Write some long delayed emails and letters to catch up with friends.
  • Read more blogs that I enjoy/inspire me.
  • Read more books.
  • Read less news.
  • Write more stuff.
  • Drink more coffee.
  • And more mundane, personal stuff that usually is reserved for rushing around on the weekends:

  • Take cat the to vet for check up and teeth cleaning.
  • Get an oil change. Probably a brake job.
  • Sell four bookshelves, a table and bar stools, make a huge Goodwill run.
  • Oh, and maybe pack and move into new apartment in the next week. I keep forgetting that one.
  • That’s a lot of stuff. I will have to remind myself not to set too-high goals as a way to self-sabotage so I can give up. Not that I have a history of doing that or anything. Whistles innocently. I know me. And I’ll have to keep track of what I want to do so I don’t get overwhelmed and freaked out and start to say…I want to do all that stuff, but I don’t have the time.

    Ready? Go!

    Comments

    1. Wow, after reading all that, I just want a nap.

    2. @ElkoSteve, I know! I’m napping right now!

      And here’s another thing: I need to go get my cholesterol checked again. It’s been about a year. No fried food or cheese for a while. Sigh. And oatmeal up the wazoo.

    3. Meh. Goddamn QuickBooks is goddamn easy if you know Excel.

    4. Hey, did you hear it’s going to snow next week? ;)

    5. Might also be good to make sure your blogs are in compliance with the FTC’s Disclosure laws regarding online advertising and registered for a business license and taxes.

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