I’m at my desk writing code for side-project of mine. MyCurrencyCollection.com started as a US paper currency reference website when I was in high school. It is my goal now to expand it to a web app where people can organize and share their collections. I set launch date for last year. It and a few since have all passed with nothing to show.
Suddenly, it strikes me – I really should be looking at houses to buy. My lease expires in a few months and I’d rather figure this out before I have to renew or pay month-to-month. So I search a bunch of apartment listings in the area. Maybe copy some listing details to my housing search spreadsheet. Now, all the listings I see are duplicates.
Maybe I should search for multi-family homes – I’ve been told that living in one unit rent free while one or more others pay the mortgage is smart investment. After exhausting the listings and noting a few, I realize it’s not so simple. There is maintenance to consider, dealing with renters, and coping with periods that one or more units remain vacant. And do I really want to be tied to paying a mortgage over that many years? Instead of the headaches that accompany this secondary income stream, why not attempt drastically reducing expenses.
Yeah – I’m fired up again about living in a tiny house. So I boot a Windows 7 virtual machine and load the latest CAD drawings for my custom tiny house. After some tinkering with the frame, paneling, or windows and doors, I once again get distracted. Whatever real estate path I choose, it’ll be months before things come together and get finalized. Maybe it’d be best if I get my web app done. Then I focus completely on something else…
And so I’m back to where I started. Until it starts again.
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It always happens. I’ll focus on something, make progress toward completing it, but then get distracted by a shiny new something. Round and round it goes and I everything incrementally gets closer to going nowhere. Maybe I’m spreading myself too thin. Maybe these branching ideas are my form of procrastination. I guess it could be worse – at least I’m not vegging out in front of a TV all night.