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Sep 16, 2019 23:16:05


by @craigpetterson PATRON | 544 words | 249πŸ”₯ | 251πŸ’Œ

Craig Petterson

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Excuses are easy to make. You don't have the time - wrong, it's not a priority.

Here are my excuses and my rebuttals...

I can't finish my weight goal.

It's easy to say. I'm in a rut. I lack motivation. Motivation is so fickle.

I've stopped exercising and I'm not eating healthily. I've been blaming the house move and that's true to some extent, but it's much more. My problem is (and always has been) starting, but what's really the problem here? I know that I like eating healthily. I know that I like exercise. Why do I have a problem starting it? I know I like it.

Time? No, I made room for it before. I had using time as an excuse. I've said multiple times, I've seen a comment about replacing the "not enough time" excuse with "it's not a priority". It always feels more truthful.

Hey Craig! Just do it, asshole.

Healthy eating and exercising at least 3 times a week. A small commitment.

I don't have time to do side project.

Really? Come on, man. What do you just say about time?

You have time, it's just not a priority. Remember why you do these side projects. You want to learn and have a thirst for knowledge, but you've lost that eagerness somewhere along the way.

I want to spend some time checking out Rails gems and coding challenges and tutorials:

  • There are things I want to learn about scaling and dealing with large data sets in Rails. 
  • I want to experiment with challenges that people bring to me, such as the Buster List shared by @jasonleow
  • The Action Cable introduction to making a chat app or a chess game
  • Actually completing side projects...

A basic commitment: just think about it for just one, single hour a day.

I have nothing to write about

I want to write articles. That was actually why I started 200WAD back in April. I've not written an article since. I have nothing to write about!

But is that even true?

I need to be more confident. I have plenty of topics to share, I have a huge list of them on my Trello. I've written about several of them in a 200 word summary on this platform. I talked recently about going through my old posts, my articles ideas, research and expanding on them.

Another commitment I'll need to keep is spending more time on my 200WAD entries. Some nights I don't have anything planned. I just open the website and write whatever comes to my mind. Sometimes it's something I thought about that day, other times it's literally something I thought about in that very moment.

This additional commitment can be as simple as thinking about my entries more, maybe reviewing older entries and gathering more information.

Wrap Up

It's funny, because I got distracted while writing this. My narrative switched in and out and I ended up writing this up a bit differently than I originally had in mind.

All of these tasks are fairly simple. I don't really have any excuses. I just need to rewrite my narrative.

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    @craigpetterson thanks for your help so far! I'm working on the Buster List feature this week! Will DM you on Slack...or do you have Telegram?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Sep 17, 2019 21:59:12
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      @jasonleow I do have a telegram - I'm not active on it though. I'll download the app on my phone now!

      I'm @JalisoCSP on Telegram!

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Sep 17, 2019 22:28:06
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      @craigpetterson whichever works better for you! Will drop you a msg on TG

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Sep 18, 2019 20:19:58
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    @craigpetterson same situation here pal, I give myself a short trip, hopefully, to recharge and come back to face these same issues.

    Knight avatar Knight | Sep 17, 2019 06:37:24
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      @knight we will get there! It’s a process. A journey. I also have a small break away to Krakow (Wednesday to Friday).
      Let’s keep each other accountable, starting on Monday?

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Sep 16, 2019 23:58:52
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      @craigpetterson lol I m away next week to Taiwan, can only start on Oct.

      Knight avatar Knight | Sep 18, 2019 06:26:56
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      @knight October then! I’ll start beforehand, but let’s help each other out!

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Sep 18, 2019 21:30:03
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      @craigpetterson πŸ‘

      Knight avatar Knight | Sep 19, 2019 06:34:21
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      @knight It's October - how we doing? ;)

      Craig Petterson avatar Craig Petterson | Oct 02, 2019 23:12:29
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