Have you ever been in that situation where you want to do something but you don’t know exactly how to do it and you do not have the time to do it? I feel like that’s my everyday. I love learning and I love doing things. The problem is I want to do too many things all at the same time and my expectation of quality is way too high.

I make a joke that I say no to 10 one million dollar ideas every day so that I can focus on them. Honestly though, I really do have passion and drive, but the hard part is directly these thoughts plans.

This Website Was An Idea I Said Yes To

I wanted this website to be a catch-all where you could find everything that I am doing on the internet. This of course means that I would have to remember to post here every time and I have failed horribly at that because I’m doing so many other things. So instead of doing some things well, I’m doing a lot sub-quality I expect of myself.

So I’m going to be dividing up my time better, budgeting it to complete projects that need completing and NOT saying yes to anything else unless it can make me double or triple my current full-time salary. (If you have such an idea, I will listen but I honestly say no to something less valuable) Indulge me for a second while I mind dump what projects I have going that need completing as well as identifying ongoing projects.

Projects To Complete
This means when they are done, they are done and I won’t be expanding upon them

  • Writing an ebook for ChurchMag.Press on motivation for entrepreneurs. (Coincidence?)
  • Edit a friend’s ebook for ChurchMag.Press.
  • Complete the Minecraft series on my personal YouTube channel.
  • Get a Photoshop project for ChurchMag finished.
  • Get to 10,000 views on my YouTube channel. (YouTube just put some serious restrictions of features on low view channels that I was using.)
  • Complete a 24 hour livestream with Extra Life that is raising money for Children’s Hospital. My team is looking to get to $500 and I want to contribute.
  • Complete a group therapy curriculum for my job.
  • Do a community training project on alcohol and drug abuse training at the Community Mental Health center I work for.
  • Take part in the NaNoWriMo. I won’t be writing a book, but I’m going to keep the spirit of the project and write 50,000 words between ChurchMag, this website, and ChurchAndMentalHealth.com

strong>Projects To Continue
These project do not have an end date, but I value these above all else.

  • Get plugged into a church group. Having just started at our church and need to get involved with the people there.
  • Spend time with my family. Soccer games, bottle feedings, and playing video games with my oldest son.
  • Write for JeremyGrantSmith.com. I’d like to write here once a month.
  • Keep up with my Patreon channel with Let’s Plays and exclusive content. I’d like to create content twice a week on that channel.
  • Start up and establish ChurchAndMentalHealth.com. I’d like to create content twice a month on that website.
  • Do my vlogs. I’m shooting for once a week with this content.
  • Write for ChurchMag as frequently as possible.
  • Keep up with my health to include working out, get 8 hours sleep, and eat better.
  • Work my full-time job.

As I look at that last list, I feel overwhelmed, let alone all the other things on my first list. So yeah, I need to slow down. I need to shave off some things and probably look to do more with less. Bob Goff is quoted as saying:

I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.

Honestly, that’s what all of this is about. I know some of what I want, but I do not know everything I want and I keep exploring for more. More might be the last thing I need right now, in fact, I’m banking on it.

There is certainly some conversation for where does God fit in with slowing down, counseling thoughts on why I struggle with slowing down, and a leadership paradigm for what it means to focus on my best work as my best self. I’ll save that for another article, another time.

What are your thoughts and experiences with slowing down?

Posted by Jeremy Smith

I am a blogger, clinical counselor, gamer, and someone who loves to pushback so you can create the very best thing possible. I blog exclusively about church technology as a senior staff writer at ChurchMag as well as about life in general on my personal site JeremyGrantSmith.com. You can also find my eBooks on ChurchMag Press.

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