As I get back into writing I have been thinking how to divide my time and attention across my company, writing, Tango, languages, photography, cooking – and my deep personal relationships and my friends.
The classic problem that faces all generalists with too many interests.
Today I happened to come across a blog that interested me at a very high level – on how to balance your time.
It was written by Mark Sisson. The original is here.
“Learn For an Hour, Create For an Hour, Move For an Hour
So how would I apply this 1:1:1 learn, create move idea in my life?
I think that although I am very fortunate with my working life – it is indeed in itself both creative and inspiring – this kind of planning should be applied to my spare time – like most folks this is evenings, weekends and time away. This is after all where we have a lot of control and can make meaningful choices.
Learn, create, move.
- Learning Tango from great teachers – and practising hard – is all of them.
- Writing and photography are creative, so is cooking.
- Learning Spanish is firmly in the learning camp.
But of course what we all need is motivation – and sustainability. Our path has to be something that we can walk onto, enjoy, sustain and then build on. Not just another task.
And this is where it gets really interesting for me. More and more I look to travel – study Tango in Spain and learn the language. And of course when we travel we find both images and culinary inspiration.
Of course ‘Move’ in the original context of this post means exercise – not ‘get on a plane’ – but for me going international is increasingly what I need to do.
Having lived in 5 countries the modern world of remote working calls me back.
Tango in the UK is so frustrating for me personally.
Perhaps after all it is not so silly to chose to interpret ‘move’ as exactly that.
For me it just might restore a lot of balance.