Been thinking about energy today and I’m curious if you think about energy in the same contexts as I do. There are so many aspects to that word it requires a bit of explanation to the flood of thoughts that came into my brain on this Monday.
It was 102 degrees today in the Twin Cities. I sat with a woman from New York earlier today who complained bitterly about “the heat wave” there. A buddy of mine from California and I talked earlier about the crisis of possible blackout conditions due to the heat there. All the discussions and awareness about global warming of late made today’s heat a constant reminder of my personal energy consumption and the carbon I’m spewing into the atmosphere.
But my personal energy consumption and outlay goes beyond carbon-based and other generated fuels.
- I’m spread fairly thin in my work life and someone close to me is ill. I’m only able to invest my personal energy in so many places simultaneously which has made me consider all of my personal energy investments and where I want to place them going forward. My choice has been to eschew new commitments and I’m struggling to take care of existing ones…but have put everything on hold to attend to someone for the next few days.
- My podcast has waned. I enjoy the hell out of podcasting but have been experiencing a challenge of motivation to continue it due to all the other pressing commitments I’ve made. I used to be obsessive about blogging every single day no matter what but find I’m prioritizing all the time and sometimes this blog suffers.
- My news aggregator has exploded with articles. Just a few months ago it was 500-600 articles a day and is now up to nearly 1,000 per day. I’ve only added a few blogs and news publications to the mix, so people have become more prolific in their writings and the energy being invested in blogs is amazing…but now I’m questioning the payoff from my energy used to consume all these writings.
- My iTunes podcast subscription list has grown and the podcasts have also grown…longer. No longer enjoying (did I say “enjoying”?) a 30 minute commute twice a day, I find less time to listen.
- I’ve always had several books at various stages of being read, but for some reason that list has accelerated to seven! Plus, for the first time in my life I walk into Barnes & Noble or go on Amazon and lament the fact that I’ll never have time to read everything I want to in my life.
- Then there are meatspace friends and my imperative in life, my family, as well as social sites and virtual friendships (specifically people I’ve connected with via my blog and podcast) that I’d like to nurture and grow.
I look at all of this and don’t feel anxious, sad or depressed. Instead I look at all of this abundance with a bit of wonder and amazement and am now trying to figure out which to choose and where to invest my energy. It’s all about choice so here is the question for you if you also have so much choice: How do you prioritize your energy investment? Alot of geeks seem to be embracing David Allen’s Getting Things Done, Merlin Mann at 43 Folders is a huge fan and there are a ton of tools available, but is this a trick or an authentic method for superior levels of choosing, prioritizing and then executing? I’ve not invested enough energy in it yet to determine it’s efficacy and would be curious what you think.