One of my significant weaknesses has always been prioritizing interests and hobbies. I’ve never had that concern with chores or tasks. There it is easy for me just to decide what most needs to be done. With things that captivate my mind, however, my interest level far exceeds my available time, particularly because my approach to dealing with my narcolepsy calls for an average of ten hours of sleep per day.
On a recent drive from Tulsa, as I was trying to decide whether to listen to my Beatles CD or talk radio (the Beatles won), I realized that unless I want to continue to do several of my interests rather poorly, I would have to give up something. So I made the decision to stop reading and/or commenting on blogs that are primarily political and public policy oriented to concentrate on those that mainly address issues of faith and justice. I expect that I’ll go through a little withdrawal. After all, I’m a moodier person on any day without my Coca-Cola and chocolate almond bar. Now I’ll be going without a couple of blogs that I’ve really enjoyed and committed a lot of time toward. Ill miss both the postings and the interactions with the bloggers and other commenters. But since I am both a fairly slow reader and writer, I felt the need to face the reality that my best hope for contributing to intelligent discussion is to quit spreading myself so thin.
Anyone else out there have trouble prioritizing their interests? When you gave up one of those interests to try to be more skilled or accomplished at another interest, how long did it take you to quit missing what you gave up?