I know what you are thinking. Thoughts on blogging and rabbits? Has Terence lost it? Let me explain myself!
There is a quote I always tell my friends, when I find that they are trying to accomplish too much at one go.
“A Man Who Chases Two Rabbits Catches None.”
What this quote means is, to focus your attention on one activity at a time and don’t multitask. The rabbit in the quote refers to a task you are undertaking.
For most of us, we are actually chasing more than 2 rabbits. We are trying to do more than ever in our limited time. Each day we are trying to progress in our careers, strengthen our relationships, work on new or existing side projects and trying to find our own personal time.
This list above is just an example and you might even have more stuff going on in your life, but you get the idea.
Sometimes you take on more tasks than you have the time for. And it ends up backfiring on you because you can’t finish it. At least that’s what I found out.
When I started TheTirelessWorker, I started it with the intention of creating a course
at the same time. I wanted to have a course and blog at the same time and felt that this should be pretty manageable.
But I realised it was a lot harder than I expected.
I kept diverting my attention between the course and blog. One moment I was working on my course trying to figure out how to record screen casting on my laptop. The next moment I was trying to learn how to manage a simple WordPress blog, learning about the plugins, widgets and SEO. (I am not a very IT savvy guy) At the same time, I was also writing new articles and trying to manage a social media presence!
As Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank would say, Stop The Madness!
But wait, there’s more!
On top of all this, I also have my school stuff going on. I am currently in the final year of my engineering degree. So after 4 years in college, I am finally going to be graduating next time. This time next year, I will be starting to pay back my huge student loan.
Clearly I was chasing too many rabbits, trying to do too much at once. This along with my much-to-improved time management skills, meant that it didn’t worked out well.
Eventually everything just got out of whack and once the school load became too heavy, I didn’t touch the course and blog for a while.
I realised this after a while and I told myself to finish the course first before coming back to blogging. So I focused solely on creating my course. After 2 weeks, I finished it. It’s not a perfect product but I am proud of it.
(If it’s your first time here and you haven’t heard about it, check it out over here)
Moral of the Story – Focus on one item at a time
Yeah it’s not rocket science, but it’s something I feel so many people forgot about. Humans are not built to multi task, our brains are not wired that way. When we try to multi task, we are just shifting our focus from one task to another. And this usually takes us a longer time to complete the task.
It can feel really exciting when you have all these grand plans about how you are going make a huge change or take on a couple of projects at the same. But it is better to stick to one item. Because you can get burn out pretty quickly or just can’t find the time to finish your project.
For each task you undertake, you have to be clear on you are trying to achieve. If it is to write great posts, then focus on writing great posts. If want to monetize your site, then focus on monetizing your site. Do one item at a time.
You may feel busy doing a lot of stuff, but being busy does not equate to being productive.
One Unexpected Gem
Besides learning better time management skills from this past year of blogging, I also gained another unexpected gem. I am referring to the community of bloggers.
When I start blogging, I interacted with many different bloggers online. They came from many communities. Like the PF (Personal Finance), FIRE (Financial Independence/Early Retirement) or Dividends and Investing community. Everyone here is very helpful and friendly, and it is a very welcomed change.
There are many talented writers online and it is interesting to hear their opinions and life experiences. (Who doesn’t love a good read that takes only 5 minutes?) Reading more articles has also given me new perspective on various different topics. One of my favourite bits about blogging, has to be visiting sites to read and comment on their articles. This may be time consuming but it is definitely worthwhile and enjoyable.
Final Thoughts on Blogging
So the past year has taught me a lot. I gained slightly better time management skills, met many cool and awesome people online and learned a lot more about the technical side of blogging.
I am sure blogging is not for everyone. It is not easy and it will take a lot of time and effort to really be a successful blogger. But the process is very rewarding and if you are on the fence about it, my suggestion is to give it a go. It will definitely help you grow as a person and in character.