The Long and Winded Road v2

The Zero-Sum Game of Life

Posted in Life, Musings, Purpose by enochlau on 18 March, 2009

It seems like I’m stuck in some zero-sum game with what I am able to do and what I’m not. Back when I was a student, I could play the piano far better than now (which wasn’t much anyway). When I consider what little remains of my ability, I wonder where the rest of it has gone to.

I’ve exchanged some of it for a job, and money to get by. Sometimes, it’s scary to wonder whether it’s all worth it in the end; you win some, you lose some.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”  – Jim Elliot

I wonder, when the Great Auditor finally gets to my account… will I be in the red or the black? 

Will you?


No time for “time management”

Posted in Activity, ideas, Life, Purpose by enochlau on 22 January, 2009

It’s all too easy to be trapped in the daily cycle of to-do lists that are never finished, and the constant longing to do something ‘better’ with time. A quick scan of the bookstore shelves on time management will hit you with far too many ways squeeze more out of your 24 hours, delegate in all directions, prioritize your daily whatnots, be more efficient, slow down, speed up, blue-sky, come down to earth, comp-[it goes on]

I found this in, oddly enough, a (free) article – 25 Ways To Distinguish Yourself – from ChangeThis:

We overestimate what we can achieve in a day, and underestimate what we can achieve in a year.

It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of doing stuff, but not doing stuff that matters. Plan by outcomes, not by activities. The question to ask is not what do I have to do this week, but what do I want to accomplish this week? This month? This year?

Very rarely we’ll be able to check off everything we want to do in a day; but if we take look at our annual/long-term plan, see if that’s really the best that can be done in a year. It’s amazing what a bit of discipline and commitment will enable us to do.

I don’t pretend to claim these ideas as my own, so read the article for more (this is just 1 of 25, remember?).

Trust me, you can afford the time for it.