Don’t stop, I can sleep when I’m dead

Those of you who already know me fairly well can pretty much guess what I’ll do as soon as any vacation starts.Those of you who aren’t very familiar with me yet, well, this is a chance to get to know me better. In my life, I try to match what I want to do and what I have to do for some reason, a goal which has been almost fully accomplished since I started studying Chinese. This means that I’m not studying because of tests, homework or anything, I’m studying because that’s what I want to do. The same goes for most things I do.

Then it naturally follows that just because there is a vacation (such as the winter vacation that started a couple of days ago), it doesn’t mean that my situation becomes radically different. Sure, it does mean that the pressure decreases and I gain more control of what I’m doing (something which has been sadly lacking lately), but remember, I’m already doing what I want to do! Why change? Instead of sleeping ten hours a day, eating and drinking nothing but cookies and pearl tea, and spending the rest of the time idling online, I have some things I really want to do (this post only covers productive and study related topics, so don’t thin that I’ll be staying at home for five weeks):

– Finish Magneter och mirakel
Novel and/or short fiction writing
– Finish going through the Far Eastern 3000 Character Dictionary
– Read up on study efficiency (Study Hacks and Scott H. Young would be a good start)
– Fight down my Chinese character revision queue to zero again
– Read and write more extensively in Chinese
– Complete the first eight-week cycle of my exercise program and plan the next step

As you can see, at least some of these are no clear-cut goals that can be ticked off, but that’s okay, because this isn’t a to-do list; I simply want to make clear what I’m doing at the moment. Some of these projects have been abandoned for too long, others deserve completion for other reasons. A five-week winter vacation is not a time to start hibernating, it’s the time to, in a wakeful state, continue pursuing my dreams.

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  1. Xhakhal’s avatar

    Oh I know you. But I also know that if you -don’t- eat cookies while doing all this crazy stuff, I’m going to be disappointed :)

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    1. Olle Linge’s avatar

      Actually, I’ve sort of promised myself to try to gain control over the more “gluttonious” parts of everyday life. I’ll try to drink extreme amounts of tea instead, is that okay or will it still make you disappointed?

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      1. Xhakhal’s avatar

        I’ll have to think about it, but I’m open to try it for a while. Maybe I’ll get used to it, maybe not ;P

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        1. Olle Linge’s avatar

          Okay. Let’s give it the classic 30 days trial period and see. I started last Friday, so we should know around mid February.

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          1. Xhakhal’s avatar

            I accept your terms, and will await the end result with great patience.

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