A quick note: sorters.club
So, I stumbled across this platform: sorters.club–because it’s the platform created by a friend of mine and because it’s based on Jordan Peterson’s work, I simply had to register.
Nevertheless, I’m more than skeptical about such endeavours: Is this necessary? Life has taught me that, usually, I can maneuver around obstacles and I always know how to move forward without having written down explicit goals beforehand. I have a feel for what is possible; where opportunities are found to penetrate the smoke screen of the unknown that surrounds us. I have a feel for when I’m about to fail–or maybe it’s just that an already existing subconscious decision becomes apparent–I cannot differentiate between the two cases.
Such thoughts tend to turn out like a sketch for a fantastic comic, which is then supposed to be filled with colors. I resort to view life as a ping-pong between the ever-changing mystical creatures that make up the landscape around me and myself. The more you play, the better you become at playing the game. Sometimes the ball bounces off in a weird way; sometimes it is returned exactly as expected. By reacting, by playing, that which you should learn becomes an immediate part of yourself. What is learned is not articulated, not formalized, not anticipated–just felt.
Another thing I learned is that, very rarely, does my life follow what I imagine it should be. Realistically, I have a vague idea what it could be. Whenever I start writing down goals, however, I’m going for the exceptional–why else would I start writing down goals? For what we call mediocre unfolds right in front of my eyes–though, thinking about it, I have to admit that I’m troubled calling the humans around me mediocre.
Whenever I was unhappy with myself and I felt the need to improve myself, I tried one of these platforms (the term is applied broadly here). For a couple of months I followed the advice of David Allen’s Getting Things Done, for example–I understand that GTD is somewhat of an orthogonal topic to what we discuss here. However, I found that I hardly have the discipline to carry around notebooks to keep track of my thoughts. I tend to make a mess, abusing ToDo-Lists to write down arbitrary thoughts instead of actions and vice-versa. Frankly speaking, I also found that many people gave up on these GTD-measures after the hype around those techniques cooled down again. I figure that there are a number of reasons for that–one among which is that, for most of us, there necessarily is a context-dependent fragmentation of how we organize ToDos. Work related “ToDo’s”, for example, are usually organized using special purpose tools (JIRA, for example). But I digress …
Considering Peterson’s advice, I tried to find connections to works that I have previously read. What comes to mind are two books: 59 seconds by Richard Wiseman and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.
To act locally can be loosely connected to the circle of concern and circle of influence, respectively, that Covey describes in his book. Making a step-by-step plan or describing clearly stated goals is also suggested in Wiseman’s book in the chapter about Motivation. He also suggests going public about one’s own goals–I guess that’s the whole idea about having a public platform such as sorters.club.
The problem however is, of course, that nobody might care. Who on earth would remind me of my goals. Is it necessary that somebody else actually reads these words or does it suffice that I think somebody might read this. Does somebody read this? (Except me, of course.)