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The Universe is Sending Me Signals

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems that everything that could possibly go wrong does? As Murphy’s Law states:

Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

This seems truer today than ever in my life. It seems it’s a matter of the Universe trying to tell me something, and I’m not sure if I’m really ready to hear what it has to say.

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Getting Things Done – The Review

It’s been 100 days since I bought Getting Things Done. I’m happy to report that I finally finished reading the book.

This book has pure and simply changed my life. Going through the methods and reading about other people’s experiences really helped me sort through the “stuff” in my life, and allow me to truly buckle down and do something.

Now, I don’t profess to be an expert in the ways of GTD, but it’s a learning process. I truly feel that if I read the book again, I will find hundreds of ideas that I had passed over the first time I read it.

I’ve integrated the ideas and precepts into my everyday life, which allows me to view my lists easily, and keep track of all the “stuff” that comes with having my sort of mental processes.

The most invaluable tool that I have been using is Google Notebook. I can easily make lists and keep things organized here. I have a Projects list, and each project is tagged by name. Then, each Next Action, or Project Support Material is tagged with the very same. This allows me to do a quick filter which shows all of the list items under any one project, so that if I’m in the mood to do some writing, I can click on the “Writing” tag, and find out what I need to do next, view any support materials, and go for it.

It was hard to first get the ideas through my thick skull, but once they started to grow on me, I was able to find more mental clarity.

My next step in the saga of organizing my life is to re-read the list of possible “stuff” from the book, so that I can further organize all of the “stuff” in my life. I feel like there is a vast amount of “stuff” that I didn’t think of the first time through, so it’s time to review and expand.

Even though it’s been 100 days, I’ve only just begun to fully trust my system. My mind is beginning to find other things to do than worry about all the stuff I haven’t done yet.

I recommend reading/listening to this book for anyone who could use a good bit of extra goal setting and organization skills in their life.

Overall, this book gets a 10/10 from me.

A Confederacy of Dunces [Book Review]

This is my first book review, so bear with me. When I had the idea to do a book review, I was taken back to a time in my life when I was forced to read books that were boring, and give reports on them, or take chapter tests. As a result, I was stunted in my reading skills and my desire to read anything outside of school.

Lately, though, I have been finding quite a few interesting topics to read about, and am slowly moving through the tons of books that we have in our library, one tome at a time.

When we were in Ohio, I finished A Confederacy of Dunces, and I think it’s about time to write a review.

History of Obtaining The Book
Myriah had heard that this was one of the funniest books ever written, and got it for me through Quality Paperback Book Club. (As an aside, we really do have a ‘book problem’, our library grows every day, and we probably should not belong to such a club, but it’s hard to change a habit such as this) I did not start reading it until I was finished Sandworms of Dune. (Maybe I will eventually do a mega-review of the entire Dune Series.)

The Book
Starting out, after reading the forward–which said that you have to read the entire book to the end in order to understand all of the concepts–reading was a little slow. It was hard to get past the complete bafoonery of every character involved.

It wasn’t until about 1/3 of the way through the book that I realised I was having a genuinely good time reading it. It was strange, the book was funny, but it was more like I was laughing constantly on the inside, while remaining perfectly stolid on the outside.

I thoroughly enjoyed every page thereafter, and the final payoff was definitely worth it. The running jokes in the novel created a sense that it was completely unbelievable for them to intertwine, but the author did so, and it really was amazing.

Strange Thoughts of Self
One thing I got out of this book was a strange bit of self-comparison to the main character. Ignatius J. Reilly is an intelligent fellow who graduated from college and then just stopped everything. He spends his time in his room, door locked, contemplating our society and all of its pitfalls. It’s not until his mother runs into a house in her car that he has to go out into the real world and become a working man.

He is so utterly ridiculous, and is offended by anything and everything which he perceives as an affront to all common decency.

Now, I don’t see myself like that, but I do see myself as someone who had such great potential, only to disconnect themselves from the world and disappear from the surface altogether. I started this blog because of reading this book, because I could see myself getting more and more disconnected from the real world. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in my own head.

Final Verdict
This book is an absolute must-read. I would wholly recommend this to anyone who would like an intelligent long-term laugh.

9/10