Ten things I learned from this round of #ROW80

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Good news and bad news: the bad news was that this round of ROW80 was hardly a good one. I threw too much on my plate and didn’t take any of it seriously. In fact, I developed an aversion to doing any of it. I let too many things draw my attention from this round, and for all the things I did do, there were two or three that I blew off entirely. The good news is that this round is over, and next round starts soon, and I can redeem myself.

If I had to give myself a grade on this round, I’d give myself an incomplete. That’s fully in keeping with the theme Kait set way back at the beginning: Be kind to yourself.

With that in mind, here are ten things I learned from the round:

  1. I have a better idea of what I don’t want to do. That might be the first thing I learn from any round of ROW80. This round I had a bunch of stuff that I said I wanted to do, and when I got into it, I thought to myself, “Why on Earth did I put this one on my list?”
  2. You can’t teach yourself everything. Here specifically I’m talking about Russian. I was like Sheldon Cooper teaching himself to swim on the Internet. Do I still want to learn Russian? Yes. And I figured out the way not to do it.
  3. On the other hand, you can teach yourself to write left-handed. Or at least how to print. And, at this point in my life, that’s all I need to do, although I should probably train myself to sign my name.
  4. KISS. From now on, my objectives on any of these rounds are going to be really simple. I did that for a couple of rounds, then I figured that I could handle more. I learned I couldn’t. Not yet, anyway.
  5. I LOVE BLOGGING! Like this little kid feels about coloring? That’s how I feel about blogging. That was one thing that I focused on this round, and it’ll be the whole focus of next round.
  6. I like being a sponsor almost as I like blogging. This was my first time as a sponsor, and I really enjoyed it. My load as a sponsor was nowhere near as heavy as I thought it would be, and, as much trouble as I had writing my sponsor post, I liked doing it. I’ve signed up for next round.
  7. I need new glasses. Self-explanatory. I figured this out when trying to do my reading. I might have to read my Kindle books on my desktop or my netbook, because the black-on-gray just isn’t getting it. I need to have my eyes looked at, anyway; macular degeneration runs in the family.
  8. I need to get organized. The recent shutdown of Springpad and my subsequent decision to go with Evernote may have been a blessing in disguise. Evernote, as ugly as it is, is less a bookmarking tool and more a notetaking and permanent storage tool, and I’m interested in actually using it for that.
  9. “Ooh, shiny!” is a problem sometimes. You probably knew this already.
  10. There’s always next round. And next round starts July 7. And I’m looking forward to it.

So, that’s that. Straight ahead to the next round.

7 thoughts on “Ten things I learned from this round of #ROW80

  1. Sounds to me like you had a very productive round – just not in the way you intended. I’m also imagining you on the floor like Sheldon, swimming in a carpet-sea of Russian….thanks for that giggle! =)

    I love having lots of goals, because it just incorporates the OOOH! SHINY! into the base structure, since I know it’s gonna happen anyway. My trick is that I’m never afraid to let things go if they turn out not to be as much fun or as useful as I thought they were going to be. I also know that my estimated timetables often don’t match up with reality, so I go in knowing adjustments may need to be made in that regard.

    I like to look at my goals as a buffet. Some things, I’ll leave for another round, or, maybe, just get them off the table. Others, I keep going back for more. It’s just that it takes time and experience to learn which is which. =)

    I’m happy you learned that you love blogging and sponsoring, and more about how you tick. See you next round, John! =)


  2. Congratulations, John, on being able to list out what you’ve learned. A lot of people (myself included) have difficulty in putting lessons learned into words for others. One of my father’s favorite sayings was always ‘And what have we learned from this experience?’ He would do something that a rocket scientist (he was one) should have known better than to do, like trying to saw through a plastic pipe on his thigh, without a board under the pipe to protect himself, and then turn to us kids and ask us-once the shouting for bandages was over-what we had learned from his idiocy. One thing I learned is that, if I watched my father closely enough, I wouldn’t have to make those same mistakes myself! 😉


    1. I have an uncle who’s a retired brain surgeon. I asked him if it’s really that difficult, and he told me that it wasn’t rocket science… We have a friend whose father taught at Princeton (she and her siblings would go for ice ceam with Albert Einstein), and he was always doing crazy and potentially dangerous things like that.

      This round was good for the experience. Like I said, I know now what I DON’T want to do.

      See you next round?


  3. I like how you broke that all down. Anytime we learn things,It’s productive. I hope we both do better next round. Sometimes our biggest problem is setting our goals too high. We can only do so much, right?


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