Every Sunday evening I sit down to review the previous week and plan the week ahead. This is my weekly review, a discipline that I adopted after reading Sally McGhee’s book Take Back Your Life in 2003.
One of the first things I do during my weekly review is read a document I wrote in October 2017 that I called The Discipline™. Occasionally, I update it to keep it fresh and relevant; it’s a living document.
It’s a reminder of what is important to me right now, what I should be focusing on. It’s like a little manifesto for my life—something to give me direction, to help me prioritise.
Over the last few years I’ve had a second blog called Another Potting Shed, hosted on WordPress.com. This morning I migrated all my posts from it into this blog, and it’s currently just a holding site until I figure out what I want to use it for.
I’ve never been entirely clear about the purpose of this second blog, and to be honest I only started it so that I could have a WordPress.com account and check out what was going on there. In the meantime my main blogging will take place here and I achieve some clarity.
I’m already feeling happier about the situation. Perhaps it’s simply because I’ve made a decision and have done something about it; I’ve been pondering this for months.
Okay, so whose bright idea was it to try to simplify life a little and get rid of books that I haven’t even opened in years?!
In the end, this afternoon I cleared out five shelves-worth of books which will be donated to charity shops in St Andrews tomorrow afternoon.
I had to be ruthless. I find it really hard to throw away books because there is usually something of me in them (for many books I remember where I was when I carefully selected that particular book, what I was hoping to get out of them) and for many there is something of them in me, a part of who I am today is because of something that I read in those volumes.
And then there are the books that I bought or acquired (freebie hand-me downs from retired clergy) that interested me at the time or reminded me of something that found really interesting at university and was keen to follow up … but never did!
Strangely, between the initial weeding out of my bookcase and my packing them into boxes to take to charity a few of them crept back onto my shelves. Saved for another purge in a couple of years time.
It feels good, though. No regrets.
Future rounds of my patented game “Win it or bin it” will feature: PCs and accessories, games (board and computer), videos, DVDs, guitar sheet music, and folders of who-knows-what that have sat on my shelves for the last 10 years.