My friend, and 'guitar guru' Dave, made a good point in his blog today. He talks about how you need to be consistent in your pursuit of something. In his case it was karate, reading and the gym. In my case, it's mostly the guitar and the gym. I tried karate a few years ago, and found it interesting, but not interesting enough to devote the time to that it deserved. If you live in the South Florida area and want to take a fantastic free Karate course, drop me a line and I'll send you info on it.
What Dave would call his pursuit of consistency is what I would call time management. I'm a busy guy. Between work, working out, learning the guitar, cleaning the house, feeding the cat, running errands etc., it is difficult to find the time in the day to do all these things. The only way to do this is to plan out your time every day very precisely. Something I haven't been doing very well lately.
I've got the whole nutrition program pretty much down to a science and that has freed up a lot of time for me. I only cook my meals about once very 2 weeks! I make up a huge batch of food and portion it out into plastic containers and stick these in the fridge. Then, every morning I grab two of the containers (one for lunch, one for dinner) and take them to work. That takes care of most of my meals for the day. Add to that a bowl of oatmeal in the morning for breakfast, and several apples and banannas spread out over the day and my cooking is done. Not having to cook dinner every night not only saves me at least an hour a day, but I save power and water by not having to run the dishwasher every day. While my weekly eating is very good, my weekend eating isn't as good. I eat out just about every meal on the weekends and that's bad for my waistline. Got to get that back on track.
I used to be very strict about going to the gym every day. I've been very bad about that lately. I usually go in the evenings and the gym normally eats up a couple hours in the evening (what with driving time, working out, cardio etc.) and I hate to lose what little free time I have in the evenings to this. I need to get this back on track. They are building a new gym about 1/2 mile from my office. When that opens, that will save me a lot of time, but that's still months away. In the meantime, I need to get myself back into the habit.
As for the guitar, I've been trying to devote 30 minutes a day to it. It's been a rough effort lately due to all the boring practice, but I am making progress and that is encouraging me to continue. I know I have a LONG way to go. I won't be an expert player for a long time. I don't always get that 30 minutes in. Sometimes it's 20 minutes, sometimes its nothing. Yet another habit I need to improve.
And finally, the biggest time waster of all time - my computer(s). I swear, if I sit down in front of that damn thing in the evening, it sucks me in and the entire evening dissapears. I have to learn to turn the damn thing off and not use it so much in the evenings. I'll suddenly discover a lot more time to do things if I do that.