Too much going on

There are too many things in my life right now. Podcast. Job. Start-up. Kids. Speaking gigs. 

The problem is I enjoy them all, and think they are all important things for me to be doing right now. It is the season for all of them.

There are consequences though. The first is my social life - I do not have the space or energy to invest in relationships like I want to. The second is creative energy - once again, I don't have the space and energy to reflect and draw my creativity out. The third is presence - as I am putting more into each day, my base level of stress seems to rise and I check my phone more, rush more from place to place.

What to do? Is this just a season in my life? Can I make the space and energy I need? I want to connect and create and be present.

As a start, here are some things to do that will create some more space and energy in my life:

1) Outsource: the editing of my podcast sucks out my energy and time. I can outsource this

2) Reduce living costs: I have some regular expenses in my life that I can reduce, which would also reduce my stress

3) Say no: there are somethings, some catchups that are not quite right for me. In saying no to them I say yes to space and energy for creativity, friendships, and presence.

The trend of following the trend

I totally get sucked into the latest trend in productivity methods. From Trello, to Pomodoro, even Day Runner

Looking back on my history with each approach only one thing is clear - I make good use of an approach for a period of time, and then I move onto something else.

The last six months I was all over Trello, using it every day for managing my tasks and ensuring I was only working on one thing at a time.

Right now I have in front of my desk, written on an A4 piece of paper, my mission critical projects for the quarter, some sub-projects outlined for the month, and then activities from those sub-projects that I am going to do this week.

And I am loving this lofi, pen and paper method. But I am sure that in a few months' time I will be well and truely obsessed by something else, which will be just that little bit better at helping me get the right shit done.