Closing the loops

Ever since reading about the Zeignarik effect, I've been thinking about all the unfinished business knocking around my agenda. This year was supposed to be about chilling da fuq out and it hasn't been and I'm happy but I'm stressed and I'm sure it's because I have so many loops to close.

So, I'm dedicating the rest of this month and probably all of next month to finishing things. I've allowed 18 tasks on my loopy list, some with subtasks, and some that won't be finished for ages — but sticking with them will ensure they do get finished eventually.

Here's the condensed version:

  • Finish my blog design in time for the May 1 Reboot (spoiler alert: it looks just like this one)
  • Finish reading Meditations on Violence by Rory Miller
  • Finish reading WWII Infantry Tactics by Stephen Bull
  • Register as an organ donor
  • Finish beta-reading for my author friends (I'm a slow, bad friend)
  • Migrate my Office Plants articles to a new blog
  • Post something new on that new blog
  • Write back to all my penpals (I'm a slow, bad penpal)
  • Finish and submit a couple more stories
  • Start posting on betalunaris again (it's been on hold while I've been smashed by projects)
  • A bunch of freelance pieces
  • Keeping up with my 100-day project

To stay sane, I've been studying Romanian. Though I hated studying languages as a child, it seems to be having an oddly motivating yet relaxing effect. Yoga has also been helpful. Especially the quiet meditation part at the end.

I've got a couple of new projects waiting in the wings. A video project, getting around to my typewriter, an interactive novel, a graphic novel... Yeah, I have a long-standing problem of wanting to do all the things. But it stops here. For a bit, at least. I'm not allowed to start anything new until a few of these loops get closed.

OK, time to get some rest. Good night, friends.