Everyday, Do Two Things

I’ve been in a funk lately and I would love to blame on the weather change but it’s not. It’s my motivation.

For the past two months I’ve done very little and the year is almost 1/3 over. I have a lot of catching up if I want to get most of the things done on my new year’s resolutions list.

My list is pretty long and it scares me sometimes just to look at it. If I can get half of it done then I’ll be happy. However, as I was looking at the list I found there are some commonalities. Most of the items belongs to either things I want to learn or things I want to create.

To learn:

  1. Read two books per month
  2. Learn 50 Chinese vocabularies per day using Anki
  3. Finish web development courses on FreeCodeCamp.com
  4. Learn Processing by reading Processing Handbook
  5. Learn 50 songs on guitar

To create:

  1. Write well and often
  2. Edit photographs
  3. Take more photographs
  4. Experiment with other creative outputs, ie drawing, design.

The more I see what a human ought to do, the more I realize that the whole process is a “take and give.” Taking is by learning something other people have done and giving is by creating something for other people. The whole thing can be viewed as a cycle.

I believe understanding this is crucial to self improvement. Everyday, I must take something from someone through learning and everyday I must give something back by producing and creating.

Let this guide me through the rest of this year. I’m very interested to see the results when the year ends.