The more things change, the more they stay the same. There’s nothing new under the sun.
And other cliches.
All that to say...I’m circling back to a topic I’ve written about before.
I’m stretched too thin.
In many realms and in many ways, I simply can’t keep up. There is so much I want to do, so much I want to learn, so much I want to say. Yet I find myself at a loss for words and at a loss for time. One day runs into the next and at best, if lucky, I maintain status quo. But I don’t feel like I’m making progress. Without feeling like I’m making progress, I lose motivation. Losing motivation, I make less progress. The vicious cycle continues.
It’s time to simplify. As I wrote before, it’s time to do less, so I can do more. So, I ask myself...
What am I doing?
Time is a commodity. You never “find time” to do things or see people. You make time. Where is it that all my time (and maybe more importantly, energy) is going?
What do I really want to do?
If I’m really honest with myself, I don't have enough time for all the things that I'm interested in. There simply isn't enough time in the day for it all, so I must prioritize interests and ideas. If I eliminate things that are of a lesser priority, I can increase the time I have for my top priorities. So, if I can’t do everything—I can’t—then what makes the cut?
What needs to be scaled back or even cut entirely?
Something’s gotta give. I may joke that I want to have my damn cake and eat it too, complete with ice cream. But at the end of the day, I know there are limitations on what can be done and done well. Where can I trim some fat off my day? What do I need to just let go of so I can remove some clutter from my life and better focus on what really matters to me?
I think this post is a cathartic activity with a bonus of accountability. Writing helps me better formulate my thoughts and think something through. I figured I’m probably not alone, so I decided to share these thoughts in case it might help you. I’ve also put it out there. Now what will I do? Stay tuned to see what photography ideas and projects make the cut and become my focus...