Paul Capewell posted this in the comments, but it bears the stronger light of a bona fide post: A Mile an Hour is a film by and about Beau Miles:
A different kind of marathon; running one lap an hour for 24hrs around my perfectly mile long block. The rest of the time I do as much as possible; making things, odd jobs, fixing stuff. It’s about running, doing, and thinking- the potentials of single day.
It’s an inspiring film on many levels (I love the indoor-outdoor workshop/fire/kitchen), and one that prompts me to think, at the very least, that I should set out to walk at least a mile every day, and to accomplish at least one thing every day. Because one mile leads to two, and one accomplishment leads to another.
Indeed, counting up today’s accomplishments, I found myself unusually accomplished. I only walked a couple of kilometres, but I accomplished a lot:
- Got my hair cut.
- Patronized The Bookmark and picked up some very nice writing paper from Japan, and a Christmas gift for Oliver.
- Bought some stamps (very nice Maud Lewis ones) at the post office.
- Sent a fan letter to the makers of 1Password in the mail.
- Learned how to license a photo from The Guardian for publication in a book.
- Accidentally made the acquaintance of an artist/dancer in the UK, and someone from “a community of singing bowl, tingsa bells and gong makers” via the comments here.
- Sent 48 email messages to friends, family, colleagues and strangers.
- Made a number of edits to OpenStreetMap for Cochrane, Ontario, for the area around the water plant (following up from yesterday).
- Continued to proofread a book I’m in the final stages of production on.
- Made four blog posts here (soon to be five, when I press Save).
- Started to plan for holiday meals, following the over-eager lead of Oliver.
- Ordered a print of a photo of Catherine for her mother.
- Received a photo of my great-great-great-great-grandfather, Nathaniel Caswell, in the email.
That doesn’t include my day-job-work; while it continues to be fulfilling, and involves accomplishments, its mandatory quality exempts those from consideration, at least measured against the Beau Miles yardstick.
Please send some of that productivity over here.