Figuring Out Your Commitment Level
“Just Do It,” the Nike slogan boldly says. Or, if you’re Casey Neistat: “Do More.” Easy peasy, right? Sure, if you’re single or don’t have any other major commitments (read: offspring(s), loan(s), etc.). It should be so easy to Just Do It and Do More!! At a certain point in life, you hit this inflection point where time is moving at an exponential rate, unlike the linear rate when you’re just a kid, playing and studying day-in and day-out. Everything, all the adulting responsibilities, start to compound, so to try something new seems daunting or, well, impossible. It’s not.
What creates the illusion of not being able to do something is to think about doing it well — whatever “it” is. When you start something out, the implication is already there … you’re “starting”. You’re trying something. And, most likely, it’s going to suck. There are so many things I’ve started that have sucked. But this is the Interwebz, so we don’t talk about that, because that’d only get us a few pitty likes. Awesomesauce, right? All that sucking can take a toll and turn into a retreat. The way to get back on track is to figure out a commitment level … something I didn’t do at all in any of my ideas that I started to work on.
The commitment level can be expressed as a mathematical formula in that you have X amount of time for stuff that you HAVE to do minus Y amount of time that you have left in the day; everyone’s day is different. Point being is that if you can spare 15-plus minutes a week doing something new without adversely affecting your daily/weekly/monthly routine, then that is what your commitment level is to Just Do It and to Do More. Ease into it and then bulk up. Your mileage may vary.