Figuring out what to master…

This has been turning into quite the week.

I was covering council meetings for the local paper both Monday night and Tuesday morning.

The Monday night meeting was fairly light so only ended up getting one story out of it. The Tuesday morning meeting had more substance to it and I ended up generating three separate stories for it.

After the Tuesday meeting, I participated in a Webinar hosted by Athabasca University on the topic of research and citations which I found very interesting.

The rest of Tuesday I spent studying, then relaxing with Lynn, catching up on some shows that we were behind on due to my two weeks away.

Today was spent in the office writing, studying, setting up further interviews for work, and participating in a virtual board meeting. Suffice it to say, it has been a long day.

The rest of the week doesn’t appear as if it’s going to be slowing down too much. Tomorrow I have an interview early, another couple of calls to follow up on, and then filming the pastor’s devotional tomorrow late morning. I have a business meeting at two, as well as trying to find some time to study, and then another board meeting tomorrow night.

Friday looks like it’s going to be my lightest day this week, with some writing, video editing -that pastor video has to be online by end of day Friday-, studying, and a couple of interviews.

As long as the weather stays decent, I’m looking at taking the weekend off, playing some video games, and getting some work done outside. There is a lot of dog poop in the back yard…

Despite how crazy things have been this week, I feel I am doing well though. I’m feeling focused and driven, though I know that I can not maintain this pace indefinitely. With any luck I will have things more or less caught up by Monday, and I can back off the pace a bit.

Something I am figuring out with myself is that I can maintain this pace, at a fairly high level, for short periods of time. If I push too hard for too long things begin to break.

Something I think I need to start doing is figuring out my niche. Am I a writer? Am I a photographer? A journalist? A student? A graphic designer? A videographer?

While all these roles do share some overlapping traits, they are all separate skill-sets. Like it or not, I can’t be a master of them all. That said, I can be good at them all, and focus my training to the mastery of a specific few.

That said, it doesn’t mean I’m going to drop any or all of the skills listed, but I do feel that I need to become more intentional on where I’m focusing. As much as I want to, I can’t do it all, at least not all with mastery. There are only twenty-four hours in a day, I need to sleep for eight, and pushing hard for sixteen hours a day, everyday, is a disaster waiting to happen.

I don’t know what changes I need to make, but while the path forward looks brighter for me then it has at any time in the last decade, I need to figure out where to invest my time to become the most successful that I can.

Kevin

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