Jack of all trades, master of none

eyes are bigger than stomachSometimes I feel like I’m a hoarder. A hoarder of skills and hobbies. The bigger this list of skills and hobbies of mine gets, the worst their condition. And I can’t make it stop.

I love football (soccer), and I’m actually good at it (so people tell me). Other enjoyable skills and hobbies include Iyengar yoga, outdoor running, creative writing, snowboarding, languages, blogging, photography, public speaking, and all things web communication (design, writing, social media, UAT, UX, content migration and so on).  These are the things I enjoy in life, the treats and goodies that get me high like a kid on sugar rush. My only problem is honing these skills and mastering the hobbies. Instead, I seem to be going around in cycle.

Summer 2013 was my worst football season ever performance wise, and to think I had help outside of my regular practice time added salt to the wound. I normally play striker but I’ve played just about every other positions including D (defence) and Outside Mid (midfield) for as long as I’ve been on a team. I performed better in 2012 when I was with a team in a higher division than this summer. I over-calculated too much, panicked easily and just couldn’t get a shot in. Some say my problem is a mental fart. Aside for the incident this summer, I really enjoy football and it’s something I always want to improve on because I plan on playing until my grey hair starts to fall out.

The problem with yoga is that I just don’t have time for it any more. Whether it’s practicing at home or a studio, it’s been a while since I did any asanas. I also can’t fit into my schedule creative writing, languages (Spanish, Italian + Hangul), and photography. As sad as it may be, these have been deferred until I can get to them. On the other hand, I fight to squeeze into my calendar all year round football (playing both indoor and outdoor seasons), running (when there’s no snow on the ground), blogging (this blog), snowboarding and public speaking (Toastmasters + training my RedDot team at work). Also, I recently decided to give web design a try for the next little while.

The equation for my struggle with these skills and hobbies is: over-commitment = inattention = low quality skills. A good example is the time I took an Italian course. I couldn’t get past the fact that I was spending nearly $500 to have an instructor recite my textbook verbatim through 12 classes when I could’ve taught myself in the comfort of my home. I was so disengaged in that class, and balancing a few other activities at the same time left no room for me to really apply myself.

I like the plan I’ve been using over the years to attempt to master my skills and hobbies. I think the problem is that my eyes are bigger than my stomach so I often overload my plate. I’m going to stick with the same strategy where I break out my year into two sessions: fall through winter and spring through summer. They say one of the best ways to achieve a goal is to verbalize it and make it visible to other people. The accountability from that is suppose to motivate you to work towards your goal. I guess I could list my goals on Linkagoal.com for the world to see, but I think I’ll start with this blog post. So here’s what’s on my schedule for 2013 fall through winter: indoor football (agility, endurance, technical skills), blogging (blogging is more than just writing posts), web design (self-taught using Code Year, YouTube, Lynda…and more).  Wish me luck!

What are some skills that you’re working towards or a hobby you’d like to master?

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~ by omonaij on September 29, 2013.

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