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Friday Five
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1. What's an unfinished project that you should really get to finishing?

Nate's nursery. For. Freaking. Real. It's been like 90% done since the month before he was born, but we have two pictures to hang and a wall to repair and it drives me CRAZY that it's still not done.

Also grading these papers. I've been sick all week and they've been sitting here staring at me sadly, ungraded.

2. What's something you want to finish in the next six months?

Mostly small stuff. The semester. Re-mulching the flower beds and possibly moving some plants. Planting a garden. Printing and framing and sending out pictures from Nate's one year photo shoot.

3. What's something you've done in the last year or so that you're proud to have accomplished?

Kept a kid alive! Breastfed for a year (and still going). I've also done a lot of big projects at work of the sort that get little recognition, but which I feel very proud of - rewrote our for-credit research class, taught it for the first time, created a plan for the shelving of our books, etc.

4. How do you make yourself do something that you don't feel like doing?

Ug. Sometimes I don't. Other times... IDK. I make lists? I like lists. Checking things off makes me feel accomplished. But it's rare that I have a 'project' that I need to do and just don't want to. I (mostly) like the work of my job, and I generally don't mind housework and organizational work.

I sometimes sit around bored and annoyed at myself for being bored (this usually involves refreshing reddit a lot), and I'm trying to keep a list of 'things I could do instead of being annoyed and bored', which helps. If I find myself in that mood, a list helps me actually motivate myself to get up and do something else.

5. Is there anyone around you who's great at staying motivated, who gives you inspiration to be productive?

My former coworker was super motivated and organized, and she gave me a lot of energy. It's one of the things that I miss about her. Most of the time, I'm the organized, productive one in a group, and it was really great to have someone else like that in my life, both to help take the weight off, and to enthuse with me about progress and change.

I have some virtual friends (HELLO teza) who are similarly motivated and organized and productive, and projects with them are likewise usually awesome.

When I work with those people, I feel like being productive actually gives me energy rather than draining it. It's like-- the introvert/extrovert thing, but with productivity. There should be a word for that.


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