I read the most amazing article that addresses what I have been whining about here for months. The idea that I don't have enough time to do things thanks to a heavy work schedule and too many other distractions (cable, internet, etc.). I am obviously not alone in this as I have seen several other comments and blog posts in this regard, but this post by Merlin Mann puts it in a whole new perspective for me.
Merlin's point is that to maintain focus on what you are trying to accomplish you have to first, above all other things, care. Care that it gets done, care that it gets done right, care enough to make the time. Just care. This sounds obvious, but it is not and I have been thinking about it a lot the last few days.
For a while now I've been annoyed without how messy my car had become but I just never could seem to find the time to clean it out. The next day after reading this article I cleaned my car. Because if it was something I really wanted to do, something that I really cared about, then I would do it. This relates to so much going on with me. I hate staying late at work, but I waste a lot of time when I go on conference. If I really cared about leaving on time and being efficient I would focus and get to work. My blog and photoblog has been neglected for quite a while, but I never seem to have the time. Now I have to own up to the fact that I just haven't really cared whether I posted or not. That is going to change.
I'm not explaining it nearly as well as Merlin does so head over and read the article. I will slowly be implementing "care" into my daily routine over the next few weeks. I can already tell that it is going to help me finally make the changes I have been hoping for.
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