On Sunday, I received a call from Con. Amongst other things, he wanted to know why I hadn’t blogged in over a month… and what’s sadder than the fact that it proves he reads my dribble, is the fact that I really don’t have any excuse as to why I haven’t blogged much lately.
I could go on about work being busy or that we’ve had more stuff on lately or any number of other lame excuses, but in reality, none of this really applies. Work has been busy, but no busier than usual. We have had a bit on lately – nothing huge… there have been a few nights of drinking with friends, my brother held his annual family trivia night (which was fun, but my team sorta sucked) and I’ve been catching-up with a few local search marketing guys for the odd beer… but none of this usually causes a dent in my sadly obsessive blogging routine.
I think the big thing is that I generally blog when I’m happy (and tend to refrain from having long rant-filled posts… although sometimes they can be quite satisfying) and as a result, I think that I associate blogging with being happy so even if I’m not in a brilliant mood, a good blog post can put a smile on my face.
Now don’t get me wrong – I haven’t been unhappy lately. Far from it. Just pre-occupied with the stress life throws at us from time-to-time. At work, my office staff have doubled (while that may sound impressive, it really only means we now have 4 people in the office) and other than myself, none of them are full-time. But it still means there’s more going on than usual – we’re starting to create more products and services and starting to be held a lot more accountable for our work as the business grows.
None of these things are bad and none of them have caused any problems – it’s just created more to think about than usual, and puts more pressure on thinking about the ‘right’ things which are sometimes hard to distinguish from all the other stuff which simply wastes time.
This is especially true for me, as I could be a professional time waster, although amongst all of this, I can’t help but think of a Bertrand Russell’s quote “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time”…
So with this I’ve come-up with a rule which basically says that I’ll spend my time doing what’s required of me, and when I’m not doing that, I’ll be having fun or relaxing. If any of those things overlap, then it’s even better, but if I don’t have to do it and if it doesn’t make me happy in some way – then it’s not on the list.
Implementing this rule will be interesting and probably a lot harder than anticipated – but let’s see how we go. At least I’ve taken the first step and I’m blogging again which makes me happy 🙂