365 Challenge: Day 88 – QuestMaxGoaly

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QuestMaxGoaly: to question how to achieve the maximum goals throughout your life, searching for a fair balance across all the things which bring you happiness and showcase the best you possible

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{Aside: This is NOT a made-up word. It’s in the new dictionary I previously wrote. So there. Deal with it. Go find your own QuestMaxGoaly and don’t complain to me if you haven’t come across this word before. Every book reader or blog reader should know it by now, and well, if you don’t, then we shouldn’t be following one another. I mean, seriously, it’s a very famous word to some one!}

I’m doing something a little different with today’s 365 Daily Challenge post. As I looked over a list of characteristics, nothing appealed to me. I couldn’t choose a word, so instead, I’m just going to blog about a topic on my mind and hope that an appropriate word sums it all up in the end. Let’s chance it! {Aside: As you can see, I did stumble across the word.}

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What’s on my mind this morning is “how does one go about their day to get the most done in the shortest amount of time possible?” in terms of achieving their goals, feeling accomplished and/or doing something they love versus what they have to do… so a few thoughts on my day and then the usual questions to the group.

It’s fairly ordinary for me to wake up a couple of times each evening, thinking about what I need to accomplish the next day. It’s not always that I’m extraordinarily busy and can’t sleep; it’s just that I spend a lot of my time considering the best approach to getting things done throughout the day.

A few examples:

  • Blogging & Social Media
    • When I first wake up, I grab the phone from my night-table to peruse whatever notifications or messages have arrived overnight. Given I’m chatting and communicating with people from all over the world, I’m not too surprised to find there are usually hundreds of things to read. Sometimes it’s comments on my posts, likes or new follows to review and respond to, or requests to connect. Then I scroll through all the feeds to see what my friends have all posted so that I can read their messages, like their posts, or comment on what they’ve had to say.
    • Sometimes, 30 minutes has passed and I haven’t gotten out of bed. Other days, I stand and read them on my phone while the coffee is dripping and I’m making Ryder’s breakfast. On occasion, I’m 2 hours into trying to get through everything, feeling like I’ve lost so much time and accomplished nothing “tangible.” So what’s the best alternative?
    • Things on my mind:
      • Should I limit my viewing time in the morning?
      • Do I save everything for at night when I’ve finished all my other obligations?
      • Do I try to catch-up throughout the day and respond as I have time?
    • This is one of those areas where it would be an interesting productivity study to see which would be the ideal approach to utilizing social media and my blog to connect with other people without wasting time through repetition of seeing or reading the same things over and over again just trying to find the new content. It’s not unlike managing one’s email accounts, now is it?

  •  Cleaning
    • I feel the same way about cleaning the apartment. I’m currently in a mode where roughly every two weeks, I’m doing a thorough cleansing, e.g. vacuum, dust, sweep and polish the floors, scrub the bathroom, wash the kitchen appliances… and in between, laundry and changing sheets and towels. With a dog who sheds a lot, there’s often flying fur about, which drives me a little cuckoo. The whole routine takes about 5 to 6 hours, but I literally do nothing but clean. I don’t stop for meals. I don’t answer the phone. I don’t take a break. So it gets done. But in between, I’m constantly wiping down counters, light upkeep in the bathroom or an extra load of laundry, etc. Is this the best approach? Do I really need to be this clean? Who will judge me when the end comes? You didn’t clean enough, no soup heaven for you!

  • Reading and Watching TV
    • My two favorite hobbies. I have a stable of shows that I watch and don’t often just sit and surf the TV. If I need to watch something and I have nothing recorded, I’ll look for a movie or a new series. But I rarely just randomly sit to watch something. Same with books. Always a backlog of things to read between series I love, ARCs coming up or things on the TBR.
    • But often, I find myself tired or busy with everything else, these kinda get pushed to the bottom. I supposed that’s the right approach, as there are obligations and requirements which come first, then the fun stuff. Right?

So… I think that’s my point today… when I think about how to go about my day life, how to choose the things to take up each of the 24 hours 110 years (yeah, I’m living a long time), how many of us actually consciously think about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it… for example:

  1. What drives your choices each day? Family? Religion? Desire? Money?
  2. Our purpose (ignoring religious views) cannot be to fill up 24 hours with tasks, right? We should reserve time for the ability to do nothing.
  3. Do we work to earn enough money to pay the bills and afford a few hobbies, such that we can maximize our free time to enjoy the things we love to do?
  4. Is it OK to choose to achieve less in a job than you are capable of so that you can have more flexible “you” time?

My initial answer is that it’s all about balance; and balance is a different proportion for everyone. I believe these questions are heavily on my mind, as I think about how to apportion my day so that I achieve something on all the levels I want to reach and not just what I’m supposed to do per expectations. We all feel this way. We all have responsibilities based on the choices we make, e.g. married or not married, kids or no kids, live on our own or with someone, travel or stay put. We also have our own limitations, e.g. types of jobs, illness, age, etc. It seems to me the most important thing out of all of this (again, forgetting about religious beliefs), is to consciously save time every day to think about these things and evaluate where you are in regard to where you want to be. Either that… or you’re all thinking:

So… the real question back out to you: Do you ever take time to think about how to order the things in your life and the time in your day to ensure you are accomplishing everything you want to, e.g. weeding out the things that just waste your time, choosing you over what everyone expects you to do, changing the stuff that you realize doesn’t belong being there?

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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21 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 88 – QuestMaxGoaly

    Nel said:
    June 8, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    I think I subconsciously think about the order of my day. I know I have to work because unfortunately I have too many bills and I like eating so I need money. However, since switching jobs from retail to an office setting, I’ve gained a new life balance that I never had before. My world doesn’t revolve around work and now I have free time to do extracurricular activities and see my husband a lot more than I could before. We can spontaneously plan random date nights because I actually have nights. As for cleaning, it gets done when it gets done. Not enough people come to visit for me to want to keep the house spotless all the time, hahahaha.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 8, 2017 at 11:09 AM

      True on the when it gets done it gets done. And I’m glad you have the different schedule! Sounds like it makes coordinating together time much easier.

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        Nel said:
        June 8, 2017 at 11:11 AM

        Yeah before we never shared days off and I was always exhausted or I would come home late and he’d be asleep. I also missed out on a lot of family and friend gatherings because my work schedule wouldn’t allow it.
        I’m definitely loving life a lot more than before. Also! I’m a lot less stressed because man was I a bitch before, haha

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 8, 2017 at 11:22 AM

        aww…. so a good change! LOL

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM

      Ha. Still laughing at myself for making up a word!

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        Nel said:
        June 8, 2017 at 11:12 AM

        Made up words are the best words! 🙂 I have a ton in my pocket that I made up on the fly and that were awesome

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    Marcelo Raymundo said:
    June 8, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    I believe I have the answer to your questions: A MINIMALIST life. Search on.

    And I have the answer to your Blog that will help me. Put in a text translator. You are in Widget in the settings. This will make my life much easier and I can read your texts more easily!
    Sorry, but my country does not speak English and I need the help of the translator.
    Does it look weird, ass? Try reading my Blog without the help of the translator and you will understand! Hahahaha
    A hug!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM

      I have heard of minimalism… I will look that up. I would look for the translator. I am not sure where it is in widgets but I’ll search.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 8, 2017 at 1:23 PM

      I added the Google Translator. It may work for you now?

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        Marcelo Raymundo said:
        June 8, 2017 at 2:02 PM

        Yes! It helped a lot and made my life easier !!! Everyone should put this translator! Very good! Thank you! 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 8, 2017 at 2:02 PM

        I am close to hitting a few milestones with follower count and posts… I will include this recommendation and mention you in my post… at least it will hit a bunch of people!

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        Marcelo Raymundo said:
        June 8, 2017 at 2:06 PM

        Count me in whatever you need! And good luck to increase your followers! I think with this translator, people from other countries will understand you better! 🙂

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        Marcelo Raymundo said:
        June 8, 2017 at 2:39 PM

        Not the best English, but at least we understand each other! Hahaha

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 8, 2017 at 2:40 PM

        haha, sorry!

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        Marcelo Raymundo said:
        June 8, 2017 at 3:24 PM

        Forget it! hahahahaha

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    June 8, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    I don’t wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it, but I do have to very carefully plan my time. I have a somewhat lower threshold of energy levels do to my mental health issues so I really have to plan out what I can and cannot do and I have to be flexible.

    Work right now takes an incredible amount of energy from me every day. Some days it’s all I can do to drive home and fall into bed. Other days, I can blog or do some type of art after work. However, there is a possibility of that changing in a few weeks (stars have to align just right, so I’m not holding my breath tho’ I am hoping for it to work out).

    My days off and how much I accomplish depend on how hard my work week was. If it was an okay week, I can tidy up and/or clean the bathroom depending on the week it is as well as work in my water garden. If it wasn’t an okay week, I might have to just veg out on the couch and read all day or color or something. That’s why getting so much done last weekend was such a big deal. 🙂

    When people ask me to do things or I get invited somewhere, I have to really weigh whether or not that will use up all my energy for the week or not. If it will, I can’t go. I have to have enough energy for work. Thankfully, my friends are understanding. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 8, 2017 at 1:09 PM

      I’m glad you have supportive friends. And thank you for responding. Your comments make sense. Sometimes a break for yourself, other times, you’ll push yourself. I hope the stars align for you!

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        Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
        June 8, 2017 at 4:25 PM

        I’m very thankful for the friends I have. They still invite me even tho’ they know that half the time I won’t be able to go. I’m very very blessed.

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