Not content with being content

August 13, 2012 in Blogging, On Writing by pacejmiller

I feel like I am getting lazy because I’m in a pretty good place right now. Family has been awesome (my son brings me so much joy), I enjoy work, health has been strong and life has been kind. Not much to complain about on a day-to-day basis.

But my contentedness with things has allowed me to become complacent with my goals. I was having a conversation with a family member the other day about the dangers of not having anything to strive for in life. If you become too satisfied with how things are going you’ll never get better or motivate yourself to go for what you really want. That’s not a problem if you’re old and retired and just want to enjoy whatever time you have left, but when you are young and your best days are ahead of you it’s dangerous to be stuck in the same place without a desire to move forward in life.

My life at home is pretty jam packed, but I’ve been thinking about all the time I have at work and what I can accomplish during work hours if I put my mind to it.  My days are relatively routine nowadays. I generally write three articles a day. I used to struggle with that when I first joined, but with the experience I have now I could probably pump them out in half the time if they’re not too long and I don’t put in maximum effort into each one.

That’s a potential of 3 solid hours of “free” time a day that could be used on more meaningful endeavours. Most people in the office use that time to do freelance work, bludge, read, sleep or chat, and there is this one guy that spends most of his day typing posts on three social media platforms, writing books (which he actually gets published) and simply disappearing for several hours a day. No one knows where he goes but that’s not the point. The point is that he makes excellent use of his time.

As for me, I don’t know where a lot of that time goes. Often I decide I want to write a really good article (which is pointless) and spend way too much time researching and writing. Sometimes I just want to chill out and watch YouTube videos (like this one):

or this one:

I once set myself a goal of writing one blog post a day at work  just to keep the creative juices flowing and so I don’t go nuts writing set articles for work everyday. That lasted about a day (as evident by the dearth of recent posts). Consequently, my backlog of posts continues to pile up. My food posts are backed up by about 7 to 8 months.

I may have also set a goal of finishing at least one of my novels this year, but of course, I haven’t touched jack all since last…October. It’s unacceptable!

That’s why I am writing this post at work right now — to signal that I am no longer content with being content. I need to get a move on. As I read somewhere recently (you can see how sharp I am feeling), you can’t simply sit around and wait for opportunities to come knocking; if you really want something you need to go out and make it happen. I intend to do that, except for the going out part. What I need to do requires staying indoors, in front of a computer.