After my short exile from blogging, I subscribed to two writing courses to brush up my skills and reconnect with the blogger’s community.
It is Day two of the WP writing course, which is all about making a list. The task comes with a supposedly motivational message that ‘compiling a list is a way to let loose, unlock ideas, and free your mind.’
In fact, it triggers the opposite effect, if I’m requested to make lists of any of these topics:
* Things I Like
* Things I’ve Learned
* Things I Wish
* Things I’m Good At
I’m exhausted before even starting, as this feels as unattractive as eating a Mac Happy menu at McDonald’s.
It is not pleasant, and I feel cornered. I dread making any of these lists, because most often when going through these exercises in public, it seems like cliché, and not sincere. Perhaps it is simply a culturally sensitive dislike of mine.
To-do lists though are useful. I make them at work, to buy groceries, Christmas gifts, or for long waited home fixing items, the so-called procrastination list for dummies!
I track precious things, the real priorities that must be tackled first, without unnecessary distractions. This is very important for a multitasking mind like mine. Each time I tick a box acknowledging any action as done, I feel as accomplished as an Olympic gold medalist.
Let me stop running in circles and wasting your time, if you did not sleep yet, and made it to this paragraph. I’ll give it a try to use a different spin to list ‘Things I like’. Here it is:
- The smell of rain
- The sound of ocean waves
- Thai green curry
- Banana cake
- The last kilometre after a 40 km bike ride
- Staring at endless views from the top of a mountain
- Reading the about page of bloggers
- Listening to people’s life stories
- Watching people in cafes and parks
- Talking to strangers
- Making a heartfelt compliment
- Cooking without recipes
- Helping people solving problems
- The Eureka feeling of a photo that feels perfectly captured
- Mind wandering whilst cutting veggies or washing dishes
- Finishing all actions of my to-do list.
This feels like the worst post I have ever written. Let me add ‘never again do this type of compilation’ to my not-to-do list.