So it’s 3:24 in the PM on a Tuesday, and I’ve been basically dicking around on facebook and imgur all day (while keeping an eye on and generally ignoring the work inbox). I have a relatively short to-do list in my Evernote, which consists of items that are specific, quick, easy, difficult, long-term, and/or vague. After I get frustrated with seeing the same crap over and over on facebook, but before I jump over to see the most viral posts (newest first) that have loaded to imgur in the last 5-10 minutes, I look at that list and think how quick and easy it would be to do a couple of those items. Then I flip over to imgur and hate myself a little.
The Year of the Sheep has not been a very ambitious one for me so far. Thus, it has also been less fulfilling than it could have been. I have so little self-motivation. I’ve done a great job at getting done the things that are thrown at me or end up in my way, but I always revert back to sitting on my ass in my office and doing essentially nothing all day. I’m too afraid to do the things I ‘want’ to do because of the things I think I ‘should’ be doing. And the kicker is that the while the ‘shoulds’ seemingly outweigh the ‘wants’, neither are clear or specific. Neither is? Fuck.
So yeah, because I’m afraid of ‘wasting time’ on something I might want to do in the moment, I’ve been wasting time doing nothing. Hopefully I’ll have more to say tomorrow, because at least I can check the box next to “blog post” on today’s list.
No, I’m not turning this website into a travel blog, haha. Arrived in Taipei last night and although I didn’t get up as early as I would have liked, I did manage to make it out of bed before breakfast stopped being served. Today is Sunday and perforce (thankfully) a rest day for me. I’m hoping to get a good long walk around town in today. If I can get around 20k steps in, I might actually be able to beat Valerie in the Weekend Warrior challenge on our Fitbits. Though I certainly should have the time to do so, I’m not sure I’ll have the inclination. Plus, I have 1-2 hours worth of work to do in preparation for my meetings tomorrow.
This should be an ok trip, business-wise. I’m meeting with just about all of my current clients and a couple of prospects. Obviously, this being a sales trip, it would be nice to have a few more prospect meetings lined up, but I didn’t send as many cold call emails as I should have to tip the numbers to that outcome. Still, it will be acceptable if I can bring back all the clients I worked with last year.
I don’t really have any personal goals for this trip, other than to pick up some obviously-from-Taiwan presents for Henry and Oscar. I guess my personal goals for this week would be to try to continue my current habits while abroad: drink at least 2L of water every day, shoot for 10k steps, stay productive, and add a little bit more exercise into my routine.
We’ll see. Part of me doesn’t want to be here – would rather be home with Valerie and the boys – but all of me is actually here on the other side of the world, so I’m going to do my best to stay in the present and do a good job at what I came here to do. One of these days I’m actually going to sign myself up for a several-week course in Mandarin so I don’t seem like such a goddamned roundeye while I’m here.