Looking back at 2013, I see a lot of unfinished business: books I haven’t read (or have read but haven’t reviewed), board games I haven’t played, more apps on my iPad than I want to count. There are cool places in town I haven’t taken my kids, friends I haven’t spent enough time with, half-finished projects all over the house. My first impulse is: I should DO ALL THE THINGS. I should read more, write more, get to all of this unfinished business—inbox zero, uncluttered desk, everything shelved alpha by author.
But as we enter the new year, I’m thinking maybe a new approach is in order.
My “review shelf” currently has about 60 board games and nearly 600 books. And that’s after weeding out the ones that didn’t look at least somewhat intriguing to me. I wrote about over a dozen apps just the other day, but that barely scratches the surface of all the ones I’ve tried out this year. But that’s just the stuff that I’ve obligated myself to review. It doesn’t include those books I bought for myself, the games I backed on Kickstarter that have been arriving, and—oh, yeah—the TV shows I’ve been meaning to catch up on.
Trying to read faster and write more hasn’t seemed to help. It just makes me more stressed out about all the things that are left to do, and sometimes sucks the enjoyment out of the things I do get done. The whole reason I’m blogging is to share my love for these hobbies—they certainly shouldn’t feel like a drudgery.
So, for this new year, I’m actually resolving to do less. I’m going to spend more time enjoying my board games and a little less time thinking about what needs to be reviewed when. Maybe I’ll try doing some new things, without the fear of dropping it if it doesn’t work out. I resolve to leave books unfinished if they’re not worth reading. Instead of always teaching new games to my game night buddies, I’ll play more familiar games with my own kids.
Here’s to unfinished business. Now, if you’ll excuse me—