Regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been posting less frequently lately that I have in the past. Am I out of ideas? Have I lost my love of googling answers to weird questions that plague me, then sharing the answers with you? No, not at all.
The truth is, I’ve been a bit distracted the last few months. I took a vacation. I was sick for a few weeks. And I’ve been spending a lot of time starting my practice as a yoga teacher after finishing my teacher training earlier this year.
For quite a while I was writing all the time, every day, blog posts, stories, books etc. and creating running lists of ideas for blog posts, stories and books. Then with taking time off and focusing on becoming a yoga teacher, I lost a little momentum with my writing. But that’s OK. I have three books that are anywhere from one third to nearly finished. I’ll come back to those. I have lists of blog posts waiting to be written. That’s fine.
Writing is, for me, a way to give myself joy. If I force myself to meet an artificial schedule, it won’t give me joy. And right now, what’s giving me joy is writing more sporadically and spending more time learning about yoga and developing yoga classes.
There’s an argument for focusing on one thing at a time. We all like to think we multitask. But we don’t really. We sequentially task, really quickly. By focusing on one thing at a time and delving deep with it, you can develop a mastery in it. It becomes second nature. You feel accomplished. While I’m far from accomplished as a yoga teacher, I can feel myself becoming more comfortable in the role the more I practice, the more I substitute for classes, the more I think about the best way to explain things or how to offer options to meet people where they are in their practice.
I’ve also been thinking a lot about how to make time to manage my interests. Like most people, I have a full-time job. I’m teaching yoga. I’m a writer. I’m sticking my toes back into the half marathon world for the first time in over five years. My kindle is bursting with hundreds of books I want to read. So many hobbies and interests, so little time. What’s a person to do?
If you struggle to find time for all your interests like I do, here are some suggestions I found:
- Figure out which things are most important to you. Maybe some hobbies and interests just won’t make the cut.
- When you focus on one of your hobbies, focus on them. Don’t do yoga while you watch TV, or check Facebook at the end of each chapter of the book. When you’re committing time to an activity, do just that: commit the time and give it your full attention. Not only will you likely enjoy it more, you’ll do it more effectively.
- Schedule your activities. If you find yourself losing track of time, schedule in your bike ride or your writing time on your calendar and make an appointment with yourself. Or if your interest is something you can do with a friend, make a hobby date.
- Remember to have fun. If you aren’t getting something from your activities: joy, a sense of accomplishment, relaxation, knowledge, something that makes you feel a little bit glad you’re doing it, maybe it’s time to find something else to do instead
Now, go forth and find your joy.
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