Sunday, July 22, 2012
Hi today I overslept and woke up around noon. I haven't gone to work out yet, but I want to wait until my parents get back from their workout to plan the rest of the day. I was sleeping when they left, so I don't know what time they will be back. In the meantime, I thought that I would write a blog entry.
Today I want to write about a new philosophy that has been in the back of my mind for a little while. The idea is this - more is not better, it is just more, sometimes less is better. I tend to be a collector and want to get everything at once. The problem with that is that I never do anything with the things that I have. I used to equate having more things with being better, sort of, the only problem was that I was never happy with what I had. I always need more, and I never know when I have enough. Maybe if I have less stuff, but actually use the stuff that I have I can be happy.
The first component that I am trying to implement of my new philosophy is: simplify, simplify, simplify. What use are 100 books if I am never going read any of them? It is better to have 2-3 good books, which I will read than a thousand that I will not use. Another practical example of this is spark teams. When I first joined the site I joined a bunch of teams, any team that sounded slightly interesting to me I joined. I realized that the problem with being on so many teams is that I can't keep up with all of them. I can't have a meaningful relationship/experience with all of my teams.
The second component of my new philosophy is to prioritize what is really important. If I am going in a thousand directions at once, I will never get anywhere that I want to go. I have a hard time doing this. To continue my teams example, I realized that I can only be in a few teams with topics that are important to me in order to get the most benefit from being on a team and get the most out of it. I am having a hard time narrowing down the teams to just 5-6, it is really hard for me to decide anything. I think that 5-6 is a decent number to follow, but I am stuck at 11 teams and can't decide which ones I want the most.
I think that having less choices is probably better for me, when I have too many choices I get overwhelmed and don't make any choice. By having less choices i feel as though I can make better, more informed choices.
This new way of thinking is very hard for me. I am struggling with paring down my things and prioritizing what is important and what is not. Even though it is hard, I believe that it is important if I want to reach any of my goals. I need to focus on what is really important to me, and not let my desires for more more more distract me from what I really want.
This philosophy is very counter to the popular culture of today, which is buy more, have more and you will be happy. I want my happiness to come from within, not from what I have, but from what I do with what I have.