Whenever I think of something I’d love to do if only I had the time, I write it down in a little notebook I have that I call my “someday notebook.” It’s just a long list of projects that I’d love to take on in the future. Here are a few examples from a random page:
Write a novel from scratch in three weeks
Make the game review video series
Reorganize all of the camping equipment
Completely clean out the pantry
Build a microcontroller setup for the outdoor lighting
Paint my boardgame miniatures
Finish my philosophy reading list
Build a microcontroller for automated garden watering
That notebook goes on and on and on like this. I just take the idle thoughts that I think most people have and I simply write them down.
The key thing, though, is what I do with this list.
Whenever I’m tempted to go out and do something expensive, I go look at this list.
Whenever I find myself slipping into spending my time on something idle, I go look at this list.
Whenever I feel anything approaching boredom, I go look at this list.
When I look at the list, I go through it and look for the thing that seems the most exciting at that moment, because that’s the thing that will get me up and accomplishing something.
I get started and then I work at it until something else needs to be accomplished.
What does this do for me? It keeps me from spending unnecessary money. It allows me to constantly feel like I’m moving forward on the things I’d like to be doing. It causes me to develop new skills, build new knowledge, and produce new things.
The only thing I lose in this process is the time I would have spent on the couch channel-surfing between Jersey Shore and reruns of The Big Bang Theory, sitting on the internet debating someone in a forum over something completely unimportant, or spending money on some item or experience that didn’t really matter to me in the long run.
If you want to start changing your life, start a “someday” list. Right now, take out a piece of paper and list ten things you’d like to do someday. They can be little things or big things, whatever comes to mind. Keep that list with you and whenever something new comes to mind, add it. Then, every time you find yourself about to make a money mistake or about to waste some time, look at it, choose something from it, and do it. Piece by piece, you’ll start building yourself a better life.