The new year is coming- oh my!

Boy oh Boy, is next year going to be busy.

I am in the lull week right now. This is the week when nothing much happens. We are basking in the afterglow of the Christmas lights we can’t bear to take down yet, and catching up on the sleep we know we won’t get on New Year’s Eve.

My job as video conferencing engineer is always light this week. Who wants to have meetings this week? Only crazy people, and they are apt to cancel.

I rushed in this morning (alone, since all the others are sleeping in) to be here for the only conference happening in the morning. It was scheduled for eight.

But it didn’t happen. It was cancelled late yesterday (after I left, which was admittedly early).

So, I have nothing until 10.

I am using the time to gather myself together in a tight web of organization. I am re-reading David Allen’s book Getting Things Done. I had been trying to use his system when I started this job a year and a half ago. But as it happens, trying to get organized when you have no clue about what you are supposed to be doing is harder than just trying to get organized.

Now, I think I know a little more about what I am supposed to be doing in this place. So, this will make it easier to do the things I’m supposed to get done.


I think my problem is that I have trouble determining which are the Someday/Maybe things and which are the Must things.

Allen says you should track the things that must get done at certain times and use his system to remind yourself appropriately instead of running around thinking of all the things you need to do that you can’t do right then. Like, reminding yourself to buy toilet paper when you are trying to fall asleep. Not a useful way to use your brain.

Anyway, I’ve always had a habit of working hard on things others might think of as impossible or too dreamy. I think it’s served me well in the long run, because I’ve managed to do a lot of impossible stuff.

Writing a book, for example. And nearly equally impossible, becoming a video conferencing engineer.

I completed a lot of stuff this year at work. Some stuff the boss didn’t think would ever happen. Some stuff the boss thinks is kinda a waste of time, but I know is gonna really come in handy.

Since I’ve finished a huge amount of project this last year for work, I will have to come up with some new ones for 2007. I think I’ll take it a little easier this year. Last year really kicked me in the kidneys.

But that’s just work. I’ve got a heck of a lot to do this next year that has nothing to do with work.

For starters, I am getting a new puppy in about 3 weeks. And Chris has been going on and on about how I will have to learn not to leave my shoes out. It hit me that I am going to have to have a new lifestyle that leaves nothing on the floor. That won’t be easy.

Then, there is the wedding to plan. Oh yeah, Did I tell you that Chris and I are getting married? This will be quite a time consumer. But I’m happy about it.

Then there are all the other things. I will be taking a spanish class. We will be doing some ship things. And there is the trip to Finland. Wow!

I am still anxious to make some progress on my current book project. I have lost some traction and I think I’m starting to gain it back, but the time thing.

I guess I better get organized fast.