Doing Something, Not Everything

Put all your aspirations in a to-do list, cram them in your schedule, and yet you’ll realize how ineffective that can be.

Whenever we’re pumped up and dying to create magic, we make resolutions and promises without giving much thought to how we’ll commit to them.

The outcome is often discouraging since we realize how limited our potential is in a given timeframe – and we’re surely not superhumans.

So, another viewpoint emerges.

What’s the harm in doing less?

A valid question.

Making several plans without committing to any prevents us from immersing ourselves in a habit, developing a daily practice, and following a discipline.

So, how is doing a dozen things helpful? In the end, we must also value the character that we develop by engaging in any activity for a sustained period of time, not just our ability to try and abandon different things.

The routine activities, the boring stuff, the daily grind changes us for the better and becomes a part of our existence.

Hold your horses this time?  

You’d like to learn chess, meditate daily, learn to invest, speak French, or vlog. Can you do all of them?

Effectively, you can pick a couple of activities that you genuinely care about, take your time to dive into their details, and practice them until you’re close to appreciating your work.

Then, you can certainly move on to other things you’ve planned. With this approach, there’s lesser space for panic and a lesser likelihood that you’ll feel like a superficial impostor.

There’s almost no need to live as if you’ll die tomorrow – because you get time to breathe, doing that stuff that you love at your pace.

A lot of energy and effort is saved when we take the time to find what really matters to us and leave what’s unessential. At least, for the time being.