I’ve had a very busy spring.
My calendar has been packed full with obligations both personal and professional. It’s not exactly been crazy (at least not most days) but it has been full. I haven’t had the margin to tackle those things that are important but not pressing.
On my weekly planner (I use a planner pad, but I’m eyeing a passion planner for next time) I keep a list called “personal development” of things I want to do to develop my skills: take a course, read a book, master a tool. I see it every time I look at my planner.
I see it every time I look at my planner, and yet—I haven’t actually done anything on this list in months.
In years past, that would have driven me bonkers. But this spring it’s been okay, because I’m learning to trust the rhythms of my life. Every time I saw that list in my planner, I would tell myself that I was in a season of production, but it would soon give way to a season of growth.
This is my rhythm, and I don’t think it’s peculiar to my own life: there are seasons (weeks, even months) of flat-out, intense, hard work. I don’t have much margin. I am just working really hard. I’m still learning during these seasons: I’m still honing my skills, simply because I’m using them every day. But this isn’t my season to explore new challenges—unless they are absolutely crucial to the work in front of me.
An intense season of work is regularly followed by a spell when things are more relaxed, when the calendar isn’t packed and the deadlines aren’t looming. This is the season of growth: it’s the right time to learn new skills, try new tools, and take on a personal challenge or two.
I enjoyed my busy spring, but I couldn’t be happier that the deadlines are met and the intense season is over. I’m eager to tackle that list in my planner, the one I’ve been eyeing longingly for months.
For me, that looks like:
• Take a photography course. I love the video-driven courses from Shoot Fly Shoot. Their 101 course taught me how to shoot in manual. I think I’m finally adept enough with my camera to tackle their 102 course.
• Learn how to use Lightroom. Shoot Fly Shoot has a course for this, too: I bought it this morning because all their classes are 50% off for Memorial Day only.
• Watch the scrivener videos my writing partner told me about forever ago, and maybe sign up for a Scrivener training course. (Know any good ones?)
• Do some long-term travel planning/dreaming with Will. We want to take the kids to visit cousins on the West Coast, to another city closer to home, and eventually to Europe. I am fascinated by the travel hackers (because any trip with a family of six is a Big Trip) and want to read Frequent Flyer Master, which I got forever ago on NoiseTrade.
• Re-read Renovation of the Heart, again, and maybe do some journaling about it.
I’m curious to hear about your own rhythms: do you go through seasons of production and seasons of growth? What do those look like for you?