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This is very boring, but I've got a list of things I'm going to try to get done this week, and I'm going to put it up here in the hope that some vague sense of external accountability will make me more likely to do them:

[ ] 6 Job applications
In case anybody cares, these are: fundraising assistant at Macmillan Cancer Research; editorial-type-thing at Analysys; information analyst at the NHS; legal assistant at the Refugee Legal Centre; Teaching Resources Co-ordinator in the University's medicine department; some kind of general admin assistant at an EFL place whose name I forget. I never said I had a clear "career path" (whatever that is) in mind.
[ ] Do at least two clothes washes
[ ] Phone the piano tuner. (Other 90s comedy fans will be amused to hear that he's called Rob Newman.)

Only a short list, but that way there's some hope I'll get some of it done.

I've realised that usually I put lots of things-to-buy on my list of Things To Do. Sometimes there are things I really need to buy -- like food, and stamps -- but I think in general putting things-to-buy on a list of things-to-do is just reinforcing the feeling that buying things "counts" (blah, blah, moo) as getting things done, as achieving something.

I know this sounds like overanalysis of something as simple as a shopping list or a task-list, but Money Problems and What Am I Achieving are two of the biggest "issues" (blah, blah, quackety-oink) on my mind at the moment, and I want to try to do something about them.

Which reminds me: I came up with a Plan for trying to stop myself impulse-buying so much stupid stuff. (Some kind of plan is necessary; when I was sorting out clothes to get rid of, they included several things that I've only worn once, and a few things I've never worn and know I never will wear. Books I haven't read is slightly different, but I definitely don't need any more books at the moment; but CDs I haven't listened to is just ridiculous, given that I can listen to CDs while doing other stuff.) The plan is to only buy things which are on my wishlist (not the Amazon wishlist or "Things I Love" or anything like that, just a generic wishlist). If I see something I want, I have to put it on my wishlist (which will be an actual file or, better, a piece of paper) before I can buy it. I suspect that if I have to make even that little effort, I'll actually just forget about the vast majority of things that I see and think "Oooh, shiny" about; mostly I buy them for short-term gratification, and it's getting to the stage where the long-term guilt (and ongoing lack of money situation!) definitely outweighs the short-term happiness.

I could ramble at some length here about the decadence of a society where people have to come up with complicated strategies to combat the I-want-it-all impulse; part of the problem, though, is that I don't think there's anything fundamentally wrong with wanting it all (either in material terms or more abstract terms) -- it's just rarely practical, affordable, sensible, or even possible. I also don't think that denying oneself the things one wants (assuming one can afford them, has space for them, and won't be harming anybody else by acquiring them) benefits anybody in and of itself. (There's an obvious extension to this bit of the argument, but I'm not really in the mood to go into it right now; for the time being let's just say that I'm aware it's there, and I'm thinking about it.)

The rain earlier was impressive; the sky was almost totally black, and even now it looks dark and brooding. I feel like I should say something about the clearing of the air, the breaking of the tension, or even the welcomeness of the water to the dry land; but in fact topmost in my mind at the moment is the worry of whether pto452's windscreen wipers will cope on the journey home.

Current Mood: greyish, becoming dark later

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imc From: imc Date: September 22nd, 2003 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, we had that shower too and it's very grey out there at the moment.

I don't have windscreen wipers on my bicycle.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 22nd, 2003 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't have windscreen wipers on my bicycle.

Nor do I.

If I'm on the bike and it rains heavily, I get wet. It's unpleasant, but it's not particularly dangerous; if the rain gets too heavy for me to cycle safely, I get off and walk, and get wetter.

If I'm in the car and it rains heavily, I suddenly stop being able to see where I'm going, because the windscreen wipers just spread the water around hopelessly. And it's much harder to find somewhere safe to pull over quickly in a car than it is on a bicycle.

As it was, the rain was persistent but not heavy, and pto452 coped okay. I hope you didn't get too wet on the bike...
imc From: imc Date: September 22nd, 2003 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fortunately I stayed entirely dry, except for the fact that I didn't have the rag with me to wipe the saddle (I used my hands instead).
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: September 22nd, 2003 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)

I wonder if you'd find it a useful tool to use your LiveJournal todo list either to store your list of tasks to do or your wishlist of things to buy? The can-be-viewed-by-the-public nature of the facility may assist.

Best of luck with the applications. :-)
j4 From: j4 Date: September 22nd, 2003 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I should have known about the LiveJournal todo list, shouldn't I? Updated list:

[ ] Find out about LJ todo list
[ ] Read the FAQ
[ ] Stop being so clueless.


Will look into it some time, anyway -- thank you for pointing it out.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 22nd, 2003 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Rob Newman

I have to ask.....

....is he blind ?
Just out of curiosity as I've yet to meet a piano tuner with full eyesight.

Good journal by the way (said thru' gritted teeth of envy after reading your website mentioning acquiring a Beeb)

j4 From: j4 Date: September 22nd, 2003 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Rob Newman

No, he's not blind; nor was the piano tuner we used to have when the piano was still at my parents' house. I've only ever actually known one blind piano tuner!

Beebs aren't that hard to come by -- have you tried eBay? They don't seem to be that expensive on the whole...
acronym From: acronym Date: September 22nd, 2003 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Apologies for the lack of structure: my brain is woolgathering. I blame either excess caffeine or not quite enough; I'm in that vaguely woozy-but-twitchy state which could come from either...

Weather: grim. I'm going to be walking home in it, though the sunset on the Plant Sciences building is lighting it up in a very picturesque, and orange, manner (my office window faces it,
if you look through it at enough of an angle).

I think I'm too young to have got Newman and Baddiel.

As for random purchases; I manage to combine chronic guilt about spending money with total indecisiveness, which is not something I recommend; it also means I have very little useful to say about the root problem, I'm afraid. However, I can help treat the symptoms - if you want to borrow any of my CDs, that's fine with me. :-)

Finally, and most importantly; the very best of luck with your job applications. I'm sure something will come up which you'll enjoy; you certainly deserve (from the perspective of your obvious talents, regardless of anyhting else) a job which you find satisfying.

- A
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 22nd, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you going to make your wish list public, for the benefit of other people's unconsidered impulses ?
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