I'm on the "True Beginner" program right now, which is a four-week kickstart program to basically get you in decent enough shape to take on some of their other programs. True to the name "Daily Burn," the program is designed to be something you do every day, which has a lot of benefits, but is also probably the program's biggest challenge. I know that while I was working in an office and taking care of my mom at night and on weekends that there's no way I could have possibly had the bandwidth to do this. But I'm glad I can finally do it now. :)
Over the weekend I also finished reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, which I had checked out from the library. Although presented in the manner of yet another dime-a-dozen management advice book, it's actually a very useful primer on cutting through the crap to get to what's important in life. Not in a pie-in-the-sky "You can have it all!" sort of way, but in fact the exact opposite of that, which is what makes it useful.
Essentialism starts from the premise that you have limited resources, in the form of energy, mental bandwidth, etc., and so instead of wasting those resources chasing a little bit of this and a little bit of that and not getting very far on any of them, you pick a limited number of priorities and "go big" on them. It sounds simple in practice, but of course it's a lot trickier to pull off in real life, which is exactly what the book is about. But the author is pragmatic about it– instead of turning your life around tomorrow, he talks about ways to take incremental steps to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
This is the approach I've been trying to take with my own life, and so far it's been paying dividends. Most of the goals I'm actually most proud of achieving lately have been fairly small individually– from flossing my teeth to cleaning out my sock drawer– but the cumulative effect has been profound. I'm healthier, I'm happier, I'm losing weight, I'm living in a decluttered house and getting my comics out there for the world to see, and so on. There's still plenty to do, but compared to that frazzled, super-stressed, mess of a guy I was back in October? Life is awesome just now.
Speaking of which, I need to grab a shower and get to work. Catcha later, all!