The best thing for me to do when waking up on any day is getting the hell out of my house. I’m not saying this because I have some bad home-life, but because being home can be so comfortable it’s uncomfortable. Staying home is the first step towards having a stagnant day, and so getting into the real world is the start of my plan for any day.
In a recent post, I talked about the value of roadmaps and how they help navigate your team and your project to success. Similarly, you should gain a vision of everything you want to get done in a single day, every day so that you can best gain the tools to succeed. In short, make a plan and build a roadmap every day.
Today, it’s going to small for the marketing of The Social Singularity, and large for my other responsibilities such as managing my alternative education website Original Path. However, it’s hard to achieve anything if you are walking towards it blindly. At the expense of sounding dramatic, I am reminded of the opening to Dante Alighieri’s Inferno:
“MIDWAY upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.
Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this forest savage, rough, and stern,
Which in the very thought renews the fear.”
How many days have you sat astray, feebly trying to remember your duties? Here in Austin, the allergies are outrageous, and unless you create something external to focus on it’s very easy to become dazed and confused (pun intended). It’s easy to get lost in the forest of minor tasks and cast along the seas of tangentiality. You need some light at the end of the tunnel, some Beatrice through The Inferno to be in tune with my references, in order to keep your path.
In a very dramatic sense, I do see the “limbo” of lacking direction paralleled in Dante’s very introduction of the place. The process of simply trying to remember something you have forgotten will not give you direction nor the agency to do it. You’ll become lost in a forest dark, savage, rough and stern.
Find your Beatrice, make your plan, and carve your vision through Limbo.