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Count The Cost

Posted on | December 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Count The Cost

I am attempting a new regime.

Since my daughter started the latest term of school, a couple of changes from the previous year have altered my/our routine. The upshot of these changes is that I have less time to do certain activities and what time I do have is fragmented. This has led to a fall-off in these activities and it’s been bugging me.

As I’m sure you’re aware, I’m nothing if not a consummate self-improver, so I’m going to try to do something about it. I imagine this may be a slow, and possibly painful, process but the benefits should make it worthwhile.

One thing I will do is to carefully weigh the cost to me of doing stuff (I mean the cost in time, by the way). I intend to more ruthlessly assess what I’m doing and what I may take on. There’s no point taking on something that provides little reward or challenge if it means something I really want to do falls by the wayside.

From now on, I’m counting the cost to make sure I get to do what I consider important (and happily, one of those things is spending time with my daughter).

If Charles Babbage had done likewise, perhaps he’d have gotten around to actually building his difference engine instead of just designing it (as, if I remember properly from my recent visit, a shiny plaque in the Science Museum informs us). What a layabout Babbage was.

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Gerry Hayes

Gerry Hayes

I mostly sit around all day and drink tea. Occasionally, I write stuff and send it to strangers so they can humiliate me and deride my efforts. Other than the self-harm to dull the shame of failure, it's not a bad life. Like I say, there's tea.

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