Every couple of months, I try to set some time aside to evaluate my life. I take a look at my dreams and goals and see if I’ve wandered off track or how far along I am to reaching and achieving these milestones.
I also try to take an inventory on what I’ve learned and how I’ve changed.
Some goals I had set earlier in the year were working out more, eating healthier and your typical New Year’s Resolutions types. I’m happy to say, I’ve stayed on track with those.
But, beyond those simple, easily seen changes, I dove into my day-to-day schedule a little more to see what was different. I noticed, at times, I felt completely overwhelmed with everything going on in my life. Work, blogging, taxes, family events, other obligations, and on and on.
How did I manage to stay on top of everything?
One word: Blogging!
What Blogging Taught Me
The biggest thing blogging has taught me is how to Multi-Task.
In the past, whenever I picked up something new, I dedicated my sole focus to it!
If it was a new book, I’d devour it and not put it down until I finished it. If it was a new TV show, I’d binge watch all seasons. If it was a new job, I’d dedicate my time off the job to researching and figuring out how I could be the best at that job. If it was a new hobby, I’d act like I was training for the Olympics and put every waking moment into practice until I felt I had conquered it.
This mindset served me quite well at a younger age. In school, I was consistently in the top 10% of my grade. In sports, I achieved many accolades that I felt quite proud of. Back then, life was easy.
Then, well, I had to grow up…
The Real World
In the real world, you can’t just dedicate your sole focus to one subject. The world is ever evolving and you need to evolve with it. When you’re a kid (in the U.S. anyway), most things are compartmentalized into your small little world.
Sports, academics, and social circles are all grouped into one category: School.
Then you have your home life, which blends a bit with school, but that’s pretty much it.
When you grow up, things get a bit tricky.
There’s work and school (if you so choose) and family and friends and hobbies and bills and taxes and the list goes on and on and on.
While some of these categories may overlap, many may not (depending on your situation).
Almost 10 years ago, I believe, I read a book entitled, “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps.”
I don’t remember much of it, but it gave me a pretty good chuckle and one of the things I read talked about the evolution of men and women.
While I didn’t agree with all of the book (that I do remember), one thing that it did communicate is how men have always had one-track minds and women have always had to multi-task (lucky you 😉 ).
It talked about the hunting and gathering days and how men could zero in on a prey, judge its distance, speed, and the aim and amount of force a spear needed to be thrown to bring it down. This is the one-track.
Women were back in their huts or caves, or whatever was fashionable at the time, and watched the kids, while gathering berries, and keeping an eye out for predators or thieves. This is multi-tasking.
How Blogging Changed Me
According to the previous section, the theory is that the man’s DNA is coded in such a way that a man is made to have a one-track mind. It was essential to survival.
Well, I have my mind set on more than just to survive. I want to thrive!
Blogging isn’t like any other hobby I can just pick up, conquer, and move on.
Blogging is a business. And as a business, it should be treated as such.
Every day, I work a job where 8 hours is considered a short day. No worries, I do love what I do but this leaves little time to pursue other interests.
But, I still find time. Throughout the day, I check in on my site, analytics, and social profiles. I try to stay on top of everything. After work, I always find at least an hour or two to be in front of my computer.
If this was years past, I would have to drop one thing. My blog or my job. And well, my blog’s not quite paying the bills yet.
When you set goals and dream big dreams, you can do anything. Turns out, you can even change your DNA 😉
The best part is, from being able to not lose focus and juggle more than one thing at a time, I’ve learned to enjoy the rest of my life as well.
After work every day, I hit the gym for 45 minutes to an hour. I fit in my social life and hang out with friends. I do enjoy an hour of fishing or bowling or something of like here and there.
In years past, there was no way this would happen. As soon as work got busy, I’d drop everything else. Friends would be forgotten for months at a time. The gym? Forget about it. My diet would go out the window and be replaced with a “Hot-N-Ready” pizza on the way home from work.
It’s amazing what can happen, when you want something bad enough.
While, to many of you, this may seem like nothing. To me, it was no small feat.
I’ve always taken pride in what I do and have always strived to do things to the best of my ability. If I couldn’t make it my sole focus, I’d drop it and come back to it when I could.
However, now I’ve learned to focus on more than one thing at once and instead of drowning in stress, I’ve actually become more productive and even happier in my life. 🙂
What about you? Let’s hear what blogging has taught you. Share your experiences in the comments below and please feel free to share socially. 🙂