I’ve been reading this book about time management, called 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam (what a pleasantly Dutch name!). Her premise is that we have more than enough time to live full lives accomplishing the things that matter to us, so long as we’re mindful of where our time goes and hyper-vigilant about minimizing things that aren’t moving us forward (like, you know, surfing the internet reading sewing cyclist blogs).
It’s a great book—very thoughtful with a lovely prose style, and not at all gimmicky. A major point that I’ve taken away from it is the concept of acknowledging what is and isn’t your priority, rather than making excuses about how busy you are. Because, after all, if something’s enough of a priority, you’ll find time to do it.
For example, you may have noticed that I’m not prioritizing this blog much lately. Lately my freelance writing projects, Etsy orders, and drinking good beer with friends have been more of a priority. I also haven’t had a ton to say on the cycling end of things, since over the past few months I’ve been prioritizing sleeping in, not getting rained on, and avoiding South Center drivers after dark over bike commuting to work.
(I’m also feeling completely bored by my commute—but that’s a different post for another day.)
It’s been a nice little break, but I’m ready to dive back in—both to blogging and to bike commuting.
I’ve got some fun stuff planned for the next couple weeks: two guest tutorials, a gender-bending sci-fi cycling book review, and of course more rambly musings of my own making.
Plus, check back in tomorrow, when I’ll be hosting a giveaway you won’t want to miss if you’re a cyclist who also likes beer.
(I could have just said a cyclist, right?)