Yesterday I backcountry skied for a couple hours under an overcast sky and this quote kept rolling around in my head: "Macro patience, micro speed." It's from Gary Vaynerchuk, and the thrust of the thought is that we often spend time mapping out our 5 year plan, or what we'll do "down the road," but then waste hours/days/weeks (that turn into years) fiddling about on things that won't get us there.
I do this all too frequently. So far this year, the thing that is helping is gauging whether an activity is purely for fun or if I'm learning, testing my limits, or changing me as a person.
For me, it's recreating a daily creative practice, taking classes (avalanche course and Wilderness First Responder coming soon!) and continuing to read frequently, plus the daily tasks of running a business.
I figure with those as a metric, time spent flipping through Instagram or relaxing watching a movie won't mess things up. Because, as Gary wraps things up, "I'm not worried about years, because I'm squeezing the fuck out of seconds. It's going to work out." #squeezingseconds