Filter, Gather, Simplify

As part of my ongoing attempt to simplify my life and reduce my anxiety, I am carving my to-do list to shreds, and aborting my first attempt at the 101 Things in 1001 Days. I accomplished about a quarter of the list, but have come to the realization that it’s just another thing to worry about. All of the items on there are things I would like to accomplish, but I had more ambition than realism, and ultimately, wound up more stressed out about it than satisfied with the results.

I have a lot of great ideas. Tons of them, in fact. But I lack structure, time, and energy to tackle them all. As such a few things need to change:

1. I need to figure out the 3-4 most important things to me. I’ve done this. They are: my family, my career, my health, and Pallas Athena. Those need to be my primary focus right now, and I need to build a structure where the demands of all of them are being met. I believe I can do that.

2. I need to decide if an idea is good “right now” or is something more enduring/fun and worth my time. If it’s the latter, log it, block out some time for it, but not so that it interferes with the four key items above. No time for small/side projects will be allotted until I have the structure/timing around #1 completed. And generally speaking, I don’t foresee a situation in which I can give a particular “great idea” more than 30-60 minutes a day, when looking at the demands of the first item.

Thus, for the next few months, life is going to be about establishing focus and getting into a set and sustainable routine. I suspect that I’ll end up watching less TV, and reading a little less, but I think it’ll still be a good thing. Anything that reduces the anxiety and results in better health is a good thing.