I have a little problem called “I want to learn it all”. According to Google, there is a term for this. Now, correct me if there is a better term, but the one I came across is this:
Now, being someone who can’t seem to stop learning: a Philomath, has its pro’s and con’s and I have listed them below:
- I get to experience so many different trades, skills, and hobbies.
- If one doesn’t work for me, I get to pick another.
- Learning something new gives me a crafting high.
- I get to meet new people.
- I enjoy introducing my friends and family to new hobbies for themselves.
- Etc. etc. etc.
- I can never really pick one. I just love doing them all.
- It costs a lot of money to have so many different hobbies.
- It takes up a lot of space to store all the supplies.
- My mind never wants to just stick to one at one time, so it’s constantly being pulled in several all equally enticing directions.
So let’s take a look at that last con. The one I am currently struggling with. My mind is so excited about designing a new website, starting a new blog, trying to figure out what direction I want Bestof2Sisters to go in, thinking about when I can start using my hands to craft again, etc. etc. And all of those categories have MANY sub-categories.
Right now, I have two computers open near me. I am on my lunch break at work, a barely touched salad on one side, an open book next to that. My work laptop has 12 internet tabs open to interesting blog articles I want to read, and here, my personal laptop with another 12 internet tabs waiting for me. My email inbox has 60+ interesting and helpful emails from other bloggers I want to read. I stopped reading my book mid-paragraph to write a blog post that I wanted to get down before I forgot, and on top of that, I have 15 e-books/templates and worksheets printed out next to me waiting to be worked on too. I am also thinking about my website design that I want to get stuck into as well as all of my personal life thoughts running rampant in my tired and throbbing head.
My problem is a little more than a little problem.
So that book I mentioned earlier. I am 7 pages in and already am wanting to blog about it! It’s called ‘Essentialism’ by Greg McKeown, is a New York Times Best Seller, and is here to help me sort out my head. I hope.
Let me show you the paragraph that made me stop and write this:
There are far more activities and opportunities in the world than we have time and resources to invest in. And although many of them may be good, or even very good, the fact is that most are trivial and few are vital. The way of Essentialist involves learning to tell the difference – learning to filter through all those options and selecting only those that are truly essential.
And I’m only 7 pages in!
Hopefully, with the more that I read, I will be able to sort through this tangle of eagerness in my head and learn to focus more on the immediately important aspects of my life.
Because this ‘Undisciplined Pursuit of More’ needs to CALM DOWN.
Do you have a similar problem at the moment? Let me know in the comments below. What one thing will you focus on today that needs your full attention?