Greetings from a cold, windy Tuesday in Stockholm.
It took a little time for me to get back on my feet with the Prime Number Project as I faced some unexpected challenges!
Challenge 1: Bureaucratic barriers discovered
I discovered all school applications required me to have verifiable evidence of my residency status in Sweden. As I am currently in the process of applying for permanent residency, this caused me to drop all school applications until 2018.
I was a little upset, but I bounced back by thinking about the positives:
- more time to research alternative schools
- more time to have coffee dates with industry professionals who can inspire me
- more time to have better quality applications for 2018!
Challenge 2: Terror attack in Stockholm on April 7
As you may have heard, there was a terror attack in Stockholm last Friday. It was really scary and although I am from Turkey, which has had a much deadlier and more frequent occurrence of such attacks, it threw me for a loop since it is in the same city in which I live. Although not an excuse to not complete projects, I ended up spending the weekend with friends and trying to do “normal” activities like exercising and cleaning to get back on track mentally.
Which helped me realize a systematic challenge that I face when completing projects: I get thrown off by external events and emotional ups and downs. I am great at making plans because in that moment I truly believe that the plan will be carried out without any extenuating circumstances, but when those circumstances occur, I tend to drop long-standing plans in favor for short-term gratification.
I will try to take this into account when going forward.
So here is my updated Prime Number Project Plan.
I still like the bite-sized approach to our plans, Ann, so I think I will try to see if I can make it work by switching around the order of prime numbers but still allocating a certain amount of time to complete tasks… since my (our?) original problem is lack of external deadlines.
- 1 day to map out schools I am interested in, their application requirements and deadlines for 2018 – I plan on creating a visual board and uploading it in my next blog post. (Due: Thursday April 13th) (the purpose of this is so I can have a “plan” for the rest of 2017 and for 2018 of what I have to do by when so I can relax)
- 13 days to write my short story for my creative writing group (Start: Friday April 14th, Due: Wednesday April 26th)
- 5 days of blogging: 1 blog post per day (Start: April 27)
- 7 days of Ashtanga Yoga (Start May 1)
I will keep you posted as I complete tasks!
Looking forward to your next post Ann – and WELL DONE on the shelves! They look beautiful ❤