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Letter: Gaming and Reading

I connected with a very cool reader named Patrick. I wrote up, "On Getting More Done – Top-down, or bottom up?" and "Want to read more? Okay, here’s a few ways to do so" upon question/request from him, and we've had a nice correspondence.

He just sent me this really smart email, and graciously allowed me to share it with you -

Hey Sebastian,

Thanks again for the terrific emails you took the time to write last time on the topic of reading more. And great stuff on the blog lately, keep that up.

I've recently come across some pretty interesting stuff in the motivation field, I guess you could say. So I thought I might share my discoveries in case it might grant you some more insight on the topic.

Thoughts On Staying On Top of Everything

Hello, Sebastian.

Just wanted to drop a quick line, thanking you for so many interesting posts. I also have a few (hopefully) brief questions for you.

When you have several things to work on, how do you choose between them? I typically go back and forth, thinking that this one or that one is what I actually want to do. The problem is that none of these projects are small. And constantly changing my mind means that nothing gets done.

When you have a wide variety of interests, how do you choose what to spend your time on? Like I said, I go back and forth a lot. I'm only now taking a piano class (my second) because I forced myself to. Making myself take first aid type courses this summer as well, but there are a LOT of things I want to do. Art, more music, more programming (I'm a software developer), writing, and so on.

How can you fit your interests into the day when you have work, trying to find someone to start a family with, trying to keep healthy, and taking time to relax? The only way I can see it is to try to combine as many as you can into each activity. For example, find a job that keeps you active, do a relaxing social activity, and such.

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