Curiosity is a double edged sword. On one hand, it leads to new hobbies, interests, and experiences. On the other, it can leave a person spread so thin that they’re unable to have any sort of meaningful engagement with what they’re doing.
I know I personally get sucked into this conundrum all the time; I try something new and love it so much I decide I want to pursue it more fully. But in order to do so, I need to give up time doing something else...and thus the balancing act begins. Before long, I find myself engaging in a hobby over a span of minutes instead of hours so that I can fit all my activities in. The result? I remain on the surface level across all the activities.
It is with this in mind that I share with you the “Pick 3” mentality. As the name implies, this mentality asks that you choose just 3 things to prioritize for a period of time.
Picture your interests as a pool of water. The more interests you have, the larger the surface of the pool is. However, you’re so busy exploring the surface of it, that you never get the chance to go very deep. Now if you instead choose just a few interests to explore, the pool’s surface area decreases, meaning it takes less time (and energy) to explore the surface, and you have the chance to dive deeper.
This is the beauty of picking 3: you get the chance to really explore those chosen interests. If you choose
The beauty of this is that you can switch out as desired. Some interests are seasonal and therefore cycle through naturally. Other interests may be such a high priority that they are woven into the fabric of your day so naturally and you don’t necessarily need to pursue them further in your free time. Ultimately, though, by only having 3 things on your plate at a time, you set yourself up to more mindfully choose which things are deserving of your attention any given moment. That way when you are engaging with that interest, you’re doing so in a more purposeful way.
The third - and arguably most significant - benefit of picking three: less fatigue. Throughout any given day we exhaust ourselves in the amount of decisions we make. This only intensifies when we are trying to spread ourselves out over a wider variety of things throughout a day. Narrowing your scope of interests gives you less to focus on physically, mentally, and emotionally which results in greater restfulness and easier access to ease. And we could all use a little more of that.
Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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