I’m contemplating my life, it being the end of the year and all. Two themes have emerged.
First, I want to do more this year than I did last year.
Second, I want to make more time for the non-careers stuff.
This is a problem, since doing more means I’ll have less time for the non-careers stuff. So I’m looking at my life and wondering where I can cut some time. How can I do more in less time?
What goes with this is a fair bit of guilt. I remember, in my high school weight-lifting room, a poster that read: Are You Working Harder Than Your Competition?
I, being the competitive sort, have a tendency to carry around that saying--or at least the guilt of that saying. The truth is, some people may miss out on a bit of life, but there will always be someone out there working harder and longer than you.
So right now, I’m trying to work out how much I can not sacrifice, and how much I need to sacrifice. I have certain goals that I’m willing to sacrifice quite a bit for, without batting an eyelash. But then, somewhere we need to draw the line. And what if we draw that line too low?
I hoping that my resolution to do one thing at a time with full concentration will make my time spent more productive, and thereby free up some time.
We’ll see, I guess.
I often draw that line unintentionally. Like, I plan on spending ten minutes in the shower, but I spend an hour. It’s the only place I can think. And I seem to need a lot of thinking time in my day. Is that crazy?
Or I’ll plan on leaving the house at ten, but then I see the cats. And I need to spend quality time with each of the cats, play with them a bit, give them cuddles (more for my benefit than theirs) and it ends up being ten-thirty before I leave.
I don’t make thinking time or cuddle time a priority in my planning, but I do it anyway. So I need to plan for it. But when I plan my goals, shower times seems like a ridiculous, unnecessary indulgence. And ... come on ... thirty minutes to play with cats vs. my career/s?
Why do I get the feeling that I won’t even be done with my New Year’s Resolutions in time for the New Year?