I’m currently in Melbourne. I usually tweet from major events and conferences here.
For the first time in years, life feels spacious and stable. It feels like there are enough hours in the day to get everything done, and to move from being reactive to more proactive. I have the luxury to procrastinate, to walk a leisurely 1.5 hours to work, to cook, call friends and follow ideas down intellectual rabbit holes because I want to, not because I have to.
At the beginning of the year I spent a week in solitude and reflection. I came up with a list of 5 things I would focus on for the year, and a list of 20 I would avoid at all costs (courtesy of Warren Buffett’s 5/25 rule). The idea – to stop spreading myself so thin, to focus and go deep and to the end with a few key projects before starting the next.
So, playing taiko drums and learning swing dancing – bumped for the year. Going through the steps to get my Netherlands passport and prioritising physical health (after years of neglect during research) – on the list.
A third of the way into the year, a lot has changed and so has my list of priorities.
Some projects – like the book on Love I’m co-authoring the magical Dr Maggie Webb – have been placed on hold while we both adjust to taking on multiple new jobs at the same time. Some projects have been bumped off the list (a science communication project and further development of this website). And others have been added (a Science Gallery Melbourne x BioQuisitive x Candice Raeburn collaboration for National Science Week).
But the key essence remains. In limiting my focus I have space to dive more deeply, to reduce overwhelm and to have the space to daydream again. I’m not following the 25/5 principle to the letter, but it’s still made a huge difference in how I manage many varied interests and still maintain health and sanity.
This is a now page, an initiative of Derek Sivers. If you have your own site, you should make one too. This page was last updated 5th May 2019.