My college roommate recently taught me a fantastic German word: entlistungsfreude. The word means “the satisfaction achieved by crossing things off lists”. [Edited to add: This amazing woman, who is a better wordsmith than I, has two kiddos one hundred times more adorable than my (non-existent) ones, and loves the world harder than anyone else I know, has just opened her blog up to the public. Check her – and her entlistungsfreude post – out at Gummy Bear Mama.]
Needless to say, she and I are both lovers of lists and (even moreso) lovers of crossing things OFF lists. There’s some psychological effect at work here, I’m sure. But she was the psych major, not me. So I won’t delve too deeply at the moment.
I use a list-making app for my iPhone (Wunderlist), and currently have the following lists:
Coaching To Do
Client Communication To Do
Clients: Weekly Surveys
Personal To Do
Home To Do
These lists include both short- and long-term goals. The time-sensitive ones can be assigned due dates, and the recurring ones can be scheduled to repeat every day/week/month/year. I love this app hard, and when it’s midnight (like now), and I don’t want to sweep the floor…I still will, just so I can check “Daily Sweep” off the Home To Do list. Entlistungsfreude at work, folks.
What does this have to do with blogging?
Clearly, I operate well in a list-y environment. So I’ve decided to bring my lists to blog-land. The grand plan is to assign each day a particular topic/subject, and use that to guide my blogging. My reasons for the change include:
1. To help me stay up-to-date. Posts are easier to write and more fun to read (I think) when they are current. I’d rather read about the race a blogger ran yesterday, rather than 2 weeks ago. [It’s also easier to write about yesterday’s race than a race form two weeks ago, no matter how many disjointed notes and phrases I left myself on the day of the race.]
2. To diversify content. I don’t want this blog to become purely an accounting of my training and races – and lately, that’s the direction it’s been heading. Certainly, I want that to be part of my content – but I also want to use this space to share information, tips, advice, thoughts, and musings about running, working out, and training. I’d also like to throw in a few bits and bites about Singapore, about other places I’ve traveled, about food, and maybe a bit about plain old getting better at life – just to keep things varied and interesting.
So – without further ado – DRUMROLL, PLEASE!
Sunday: Workout Round-Up
Monday: Inspiration For The Week (hopefully a more thoughtful/thought-provoking post)
Tuesday: Race (or Run) Recaps and/or Coach’s Corner (advice, thoughts, musings, ramblings – mostly on running)
Wednesday: Singapore Stories or another Recurring Feature (Good Mornings, Things I’m Lovin’, etc.)
Thursday: Stretch of the Week (I am SO excited about this one!)
Friday: Foodie Friday (restaurant review, favorite recipe, fun local food, etc.)
Saturday: Where In The World Is…Coach Holly? (travel stories)
Other possible topics that haven’t been assigned a home: Blogging, Sciencey Goodness, Random Photos of Singapore:
It’s highly unlikely that I’ll hit every post, every week – the writing just takes too long. And of course, there will be other things thrown in – for example: amusing life anecdotes, flashes of insight had during downward dog, rants about sweat dripping into my eyes, etc. And the days won’t correspond directly, since we don’t all live in the same time zone. But heck, let’s give it a whirl!!
Bloggers: Can you write a post more quickly now than you could when you first started blogging? What do you do to keep your blogging on track?
Everyone: What else would you like to see in this space?