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Are You Trying to Do Too Much? Probably


Could you be putting too much effort into your goals? Forget over-booking your time with outside commitments. Could you be spending too much of yourself working on things you care about most?

I'm confused. I'm sitting in the green recliner of our home office, listening to fireworks cap off another July 4th, and I'm stumped. Befuddled.

I've been racking my brains for weeks trying to come up with a decent answer. I'm a writer trying to find his next break, and I've basically got four options.

I could grow a blog following so large that monetization becomes easy.

I could write and sell a novel (or short stories). As the guy in charge of marketing, I could blow our startup out of the water so much that people actually care what I have to say.

Or, I could create business content and freelance journalism pieces, slowly but steadily climbing my way to the top.

There may be other options, but there's only so many I can work with at a time, and right now I'm working on all of them.

The problem is, I can't tell that I'm doing any of them particularly well, even accounting for my relative lack of experience. I've been blogging every day (minus a day here and there), which is slow-going like any part-time blog.

I've been constantly creating content and trying various things to spark some growth at work, which has been particularly frustrating with a bootstrapping startup budget. I've been working on a novella, but haven't put in the focused hours needed to completely envelope myself in the story and crank it out.

I've been creating freelance business content, but haven't made the leap to doing it full-time. I'm stretched. I'm in limbo.

What choice do I have? What choice do any of us in similar situations have? We're trying to put in the work to get to where we want to go.

How do we know if we're putting in the right work? Could less be more? Would I, for instance, go farther and be better in both the short- and long-term if I choose to only chase one option instead of four? 

What if I like doing all four? Do I simply need to shut up and be more patient?

I'm trying to wrap my mind around it all. Are each of us in a similar situation trying to do too much in too many places? Probably. But what choice do we have?