You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting anything lately, and since it really isn’t in my nature to keep my readers unaware of what’s going on, I thought I’d share with you some details.
First of all, I’m really busy at work. I’ve approached the implementation phase of a big project – something I’ve been working on for the past half a year. I’ll be working on this project till the end of this month, and it requires my full attention and involves working some weekends, so I doubt I’ll be posting frequently during this period. I plan to post at least 2 new articles a week though, so I’m not going to disappear. :)
Secondly, I’m in the middle of yet another transformation – this time I’m going to try and do (practically) nothing computer-based during my evenings (that’s the usual time for my writing), and instead concentrate on getting to bed earlier in order to wake up even earlier than usual. I’m doing this for many reasons, but here are the main ones:
- More family time. I really need this, and find it incredibly pleasant and rewarding to spend even 5 minutes with our lovely daughter. Last week she had learned to call me “papa”, so you can imagine how excited I am! :)
- Rest from computers. I’m so busy at work that I constantly skip lunches and occasionally work late. This will stop, but only after I’m finished with my project. And so, I really don’t want to hurt my eyes by working at home through my evenings and nights. I need some rest.
- Gym. I’ve started going to my local gym in the evenings, which presses me for even more time. I like the timing – swimming and other activities give me the energy boost I need for the rest of my evening, and so I intend to keep this habit.
- Reading. It all looks like a perfect opportunity to concentrate more on my reading. I’ve got a few books on personal development which I want to read, and increasing my daily reading time is bound to help the situation
Thirdly, I’m currently planning the next year of Personal Development Ideas project. This website will be 1 year old in just a few months, and I’m willing to spend time and work harder now to have something really big and exciting for you by that time. As I said previously, do let me know if you have any wishes or ideas regarding this project! Your opinion is really important for me, and so if you feel like I should be focusing on a certain direction which I haven’t covered so far, please let me know.
Now, the good thing is that none of the above is going to keep me from making progress in technical rework of this project.
This means that I will keep working on the following things this month:
- New website design. There is a lot of room for improvement as you can see, from both design and usability point of view. As always, I’m working with my visitors experiences in mind, and will do what I can to make it easier for you to find and access all the information.
- New structure for categories/feeds. There are too many categories at the moment, an so I hope to combine them into 3-5 bigger ones, which will all come equipped with their own feeds, so if some of you are interested in articles on motivation, you will get a chance to read only relevant posts of mine.
- PDF digest of all the articles so far. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve quietly finsihed going through all my older articles, making their content easier to skim through by splitting paragraphs and putting lists in. Next stage of this rework is to compile all the content into a PDF which will be easy to print and read.
- Personal Development Sites Search – it has proved to be rather popular, and I would love to expand this section of the site. I will re-work this section to include a list of all the sites we currently search, and probably make submission of your own site a little easier.
Almost done! The only thing left is to remind you that I am hosting this week’s Personal Development carnival, and you still have time to submit your article for it. To thank everyone for their participation and recognize the effort they put into writing articles, I will go through the list of submissions and will add every single site submitted to the Personal Development Sites Search.