I am on a time kick lately 🙂 Really, for me, applying minimalism to my time is much harder than my house. That is why I write about it… I write about the things I stress about, over think about, try to figure out…instead of the things that I have figured out (because if I stuck to that list I wouldn’t have much to write)
You know those books and planners that talk about managing your time? They make it sound like when you write out how you are spending all your time you realize how many hours are wasted (my book goes here a bit too). I don’t know about you, but I would love to find 4 or 5 hours spent on TV or 3 hours on Facebook that I could have an ‘ah-ha’ moment with and cut out. Imagine what I could do with another chunk of time like that! If you can find time this easy good for you, but if you are like me you have don’t have enough time in the day because you have too many good things you are trying to put into it.
- Saving the earth
- Raising the next generation
- Growing and learning
- Planning for the future (building a business, investing, etc)
- Establishing world peace
- Caring for the orphans and widows
- Curing cancer
- Making a difference… solving all the rest of earths problems
- Keeping a orderly home
- Having fun
The world has both opportunities and great need that all account for many ‘good’ things to be involved with. There is easily more good and worthwhile things to be involved with than there is ever time to do them.
How do I/we figure out which ‘good’ things are the ‘best’? How much can really fit into our schedule?
I spent a good part of the last week stressing about this. Both my husband and I take on projects very easily. It isn’t that we are against follow-through or finishing, it is just that it is easier to start. As we start more than we can get finished the amount of responsibilities and projects we are working gets bigger and bigger.
Does this happen to you?
So anyways, I got involved with another business idea last week and spent a bunch of time researching and thinking on it. It truly sounded like a good idea and I believe it would have turned out profitable. It just didn’t feel right. Here are some of the questions that I came up with to help me figure it out and my answers.
- Is this something I want to do (if money, or recognition wasn’t an object)? No
- How much time will I need to properly devote to this and where will that time come from? 10 hours a week, from my writing, reading and time with kids in the evening.
- Will this be a new challenge and help me grow in new ways? Maybe
- Does this have continuing benefit after I put initial time in or do I need to keep putting the same amount of time for the same amount of benefit? Yes
- (From Seth Godin’s writing) Can I be the best in the world at it? No
- Does it fit my personal brand? Personality and how I am trying to make a difference in the world? No
After way to much over thinking, wasted time, and loss of sleep I let it go. It is hard to let go things that are ‘good’ but are not ‘best’. Especially when ‘best’ is such a personal thing. Best isn’t about the most money or the most success it is defined by so much more…but that more is very personal to all of us. Money is a piece that can’t be ignored, we can’t live without it, but we can’t live for it either.
What do you think? How do you decide the best way to spend your energies and time? Do you have anything that could add to this list?
Photo Credit: Bryon Lippincott