Distractions

I finally got all my new UniFi server components hooked up an my network running on the new hardware. It took a little grit, a little google, and a lot of patience, but I’m proud of myself. The next step is to configure the network to keep traffic isolated and to allow certain devices to communicate with one another between networks.

As much fun as this has been, my other responsibilities have fallen a bit to the wayside. One day I will finish this Lullabot article. The Minimalists podcast I’ve been listening to made a good point in a recent episode about this.

Someone called in and asked how she should prepare for leaving her job to pursue her passion. Ryan’s response was to have a plan. He said when he left his job, he had the idea that free time would be abundant and he could write, read, snowboard, and do all the things whenever he wanted. In reality, those things don’t just happen on their own. They may be passions, but passions must be cultivated. They are not easy 100% of the time, thus if you come to the difficult part, there’s nothing stopping you from jumping to something else. Scheduling a time to work on these passions holds you accountable. Let’s say the passion is writing. When you hit writers block, or you get to the boring parts of the process like editing, your brain naturally starts to think, “Hey, what else do we like to do that’s fun? You wanna install a new network? That definitely sounds like more fun!” Then you look at your calendar. Sure! I have nothing else scheduled. Let’s do it. The point is, schedule time for your passions.

So, it’s time to schedule some writing time. No excuses. Maybe I’ll start with one day a week for an hour or two, then see if I can expand from there. If there is a conflict I can’t avoid, then I reschedule. Plain and simple, right? We’ll see.