Priorities, man

posted by Jeff | Monday, March 19, 2012, 5:06 PM | comments: 0

Diana had a good post about setting priorities. It resonates with me because I'm constantly aware that we don't have a lot of time, so among the things we'd like to do, we have to pick winners and losers.

By default, I tend to prioritize Simon over a lot of other things, in large part out of obligation, but also because I like to spend time with him. Diana is the best mom ever, because not only does she spend time with him, but she plans a great deal of activities with him that obviously enrich his life and help with his development. Sometimes I worry that this prioritization will cause resentment, not toward Simon, but toward the situation of having a child.

Doing the things you want requires a certain truth: If you really want it, you'll do it. That's something that people say about losing weight all of the time, but I think it's true for most things. So what do I want to do more?

  • I can never spend enough time with Diana and Simon, but obviously I have to balance that with everything else. Working from home, I'm actually winning here, because I'm already home for lunch and have no commute. The missing thing is more date nights.
  • Shoot more video. I just kind of stopped doing it while in Seattle, if you don't count my little romp around Pike Place. There is strong potential for doing some stuff at Cedar Point this year. I suspect there will be an equipment purchase this year as well, but that's another post.
  • Ramp up the physical activity. This is already in progress with tennis. Now I just have to add in some more, probably with the bicycle.
  • Finish CoasterBuzz vNext. It feels like work, and I hate that. I guess my problem is that I don't want to half-launch it, I want to do everything that I've ever had an idea for, and that's not realistic.
  • Play video games. Not a lot, but I rarely do anymore, and it's fun to blow shit up now and then.
  • Read more. I'm a non-fiction kind of guy, but I have several books on the Kindle and a stack of magazines that I'm behind on.
  • Write more. Blog, screenplay, aggregate advice book.

I think that covers it.

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