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FINDING YOUR PRIORITIES

Today’s post was going to be about collecting motivation and inspiration for 2014. But the more I got into it, the harder it was for me to pick a focus. And that led me right back to an issue that’s plagued me for, well, always. Prioritization.

I get excited about stuff. Lots of stuff. Maybe you do, too? I start in on something–say, drawing, for example–and really go to town. But five minutes later (OK, maybe a week or two… perhaps even a month) I’ve found something else I’m excited about and I want to do that, too.

It’s not that the first thing has suddenly become uninteresting–no way, I want to keep it up. But the second thing is so shiny and new and it looks like a lot of fun. I want to try that, too. So I give it a shot, adding it on to my list of hobbies and interests. But pretty soon, that list is really long. Drawing, blogging, reading books on a given topic, DIY projects, journaling, etc… the sheer number of potential hobbies is overwhelming. There’s no way I can find the time for all of them, and I end up with time for none of them.

Sound familiar at all? Tell me I’m not the only one with a problem!

It’s especially bad right now, during the build-up to a new year. There are so many things to try, so much I’d like the next year of my life to be about, to represent. Healthy eating. Learning and self-improvement. Craft projects. Photography. Learning to sew. Gratitude. Learning to enjoy cooking. Finally becoming truly organized. Recording life more thoroughly in a journal or scrapbook. The list goes on. And on, and on. And each thing on it represents at least one, but often more, specific hobbies or actions I could take. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin, surely.

Now, I know I’m ranting here. And unfortunately, I don’t have any solutions other than learn to prioritize. Super helpful, right? But as our lives become more and more connected and our world becomes more and more stuffed with stuff and things and activities, prioritization seems like the biggest saving grace available. There’s no way we can all be amazing cooks, super-woman moms, fabulous bloggers, insanely skilled photographers, well-read bibliophiles, and accomplished DIYers. There just aren’t enough hours in a day. So I–and you, if you’ve been nodding your head as you read this post–need to learn to pick and choose. To narrow our focus and specialize our interests. Easier said than done, yes? 

Since I really have no answers here, I want to know what you’ve got to say about it. Do you have any tips for prioritizing your hobbies? What’s it look like, practically, in your life? Do you ever feel like you’re missing out on something because your “hobby roster” is full?

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