Lately, after having this question: How to choose next great thing to do?, in my head for quite some time and reading a lot of articles and books about it, I was wondering. How you should approach a path to find something, which would satisfy you? How should you decide, where should be the balance between emotional and rational choices. Should you leave it for your gut feeling (emotional) or should you make lists and calculations?
Would your memory serve right information for making rational choice? If you search through your memory for an activity, which brought you to maximal satisfaction, (let us focus on work activities now ;-) don’t you get feeling that more in past that activity was, the bigger amount of positive feeling you keep? Somehow the negative memories become scarce? How can you use it for making rational choice?
Let me ask you a question: how did we do it when we had been children? How did we pick up the next interesting thing to do? Certainly money hadn’t been a topic at all. We emotionally chose an activity which we expected to bring us the most fun. We did it, mainly based on our previous experience or on expectation from trying something else, learning something new.
I am quite sure that this approach may be the better way. Make a list of three to five topics you been thinking about to do. Sort them emotionally based on amount of fun you expect to have from them.
I know, you may be in position where you think, I will not finish it anyway, why to start? Well, frankly, that is another topic. Topic which should be tackled once you make the choice. It is more about willpower, dedication and keeping to have fun. And yes the fun (and now please excuse me) sounds like when Americans says, let us have a fun. Sort of forced, doesn’t it? But you may replace it with enjoyment.
You may start to be daunted. Is it really important think to do? Did you asked that question when you had been twelve years old and dismantled brother’s motorbike? I am quite sure you did not.
Once you doing what you enjoy and it bring you joy when doing it, well keep doing it. If you need to learn new think, do it in such a way, that you will learn new things. Approach it in a way you personally like. Possibly finding people for doing part which you do not enjoy that much, but they do.
This could be great start of some interesting activity, combined with having interesting people around. Being alone, doing something alone, is fun only for so long.
If you have feeling I know it all, well be sure I am far from it, but it is my challenge too so I am writing this for myself, mainly. I am certainly curious to hear your view.