What’s In My Name

Hi, my name’s Ryan.

It’s my middle name, for those that don’t know. It’s also what my parents have called me, since shortly after naming me after my dad (I’m a Junior!) It’s been a fun ride since it sounds just like Brian if I’m not careful when giving it to people in noisy places, like cafes.

It’s also super common, so I’m often turning around when similar-sounding names, or even my own, are called, when another Ryan is intended.

I’ll have to find out how it was chosen since that story is one I don’t recall being told.

Is there a story behind your name? What does it mean and how was it chosen?

The One-Minute Writer – Feb 11, 2016

Leap Month Is Here

[Note: wrote this Saturday, didn’t post due to technical difficulties]

Today was a good day. I started cleaning my room, early for Spring in stead of late.

The first season of “BTOOOM!” is behind me. It’s an anime that’s a bit like Hunger Games and Battle Royale, except that the only weapons allowed are small, personally deployable bombs, and the contestants are sent there by people that hold grudges against them individually. I do hope to see a second season someday. I will likely read the manga for this one.

I joined a few old friends and a met some new ones to celebrate a birthday at a Round 1 entertainment center. I need more Guitar Hero or Rockband practice. 🙂

The room cleaning continues tomorrow. The goal is to not only see more floor space, but to clear space for a new computer. It’ll be a gaming station since I’ve been wanting to play some new (and older) games at good quality settings, and I’ve always had to majorly turn down settings for a while. World of Warcraft, a game I’ve played for about 10 years is getting another graphics boost this summer and I want to be ready for virtual reality, should it be a thing this year. A couple years worth of solid entertainment is what I’m investing in.

I’ve been putting off the upgrade for too long to my primary home machine. I was waiting for Apple to pay attention to games again, system-wise, but there’s no rumblings in the pipes that that’s happening anytime soon, and a Mac Pro isn’t a good fit for gaming. We’ll see if a manufacture I’ve seen good things from will do. More about this at a later date.

Time Management

Managing time is a bit like a game for me. I have a work calendar, which stays relatively simple, and a set of personal calendars. Some of the personal ones are basically like the old paper ones many used to use: they store things like birthdays and anniversaries.

Not my calendar. :)

Some calendars, such as the social ones, are automatically generated- there’s one for Facebook, another for a travel site. Even Google now detects events in emails and creates calendar events on the same account’s calendar. That feature is pretty neat because I sometimes forget to go through my emails and create calendar events for social engagements, like concerts and conventions.

I’m not the best at time management, but I’m getting better at it.

prompt: Time Management

Photo Credit: the ryan king via Compfight cc

Back To Tiny Steps For Big Gains

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

I sit and read another post that reminds me of some key aspects of building new habits, and realize, with a bit of disheartening clarity, that I’ve stumbled on one of the tips put forth by Belle Beth Cooper on the Buffer Open Blog:

Focus on one habit at a timeOne of the hardest things for me when it comes to building new habits is to not take on too many at once. I always have such grand plans for the things I want to get better at, and so much enthusiasm when I first start out, that I want to build several habits at once.

My setback has been due to taking on too many habits at once. I’ve only had success in January with one: writing more consistently. Honestly, I should have paid heed since only one new habit could realistically be firmly established in such a short time.

I actually am at the point where I feel like something important’s not being done if I don’t at least start a post. Even if I don’t hit the publish button, as long as I’ve saved some thoughts, I consider that enough to check the box in Momentum (a fine habit tracking app!)

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Trimmed some stuff and finished a book, so took a break to decide on what’s next.

I think, after this sharp reminder, that I’ll give myself a few more weeks before adding another important habit. I’m also going to hold myself more accountable. Part of that will be to partake in a more formal course of action. Specifically, an email course.

Read more at: How to Build Life-Changing Habits Through Tiny Changes