So I’m sitting here at Starbucks (off State Line), writing this post because I needed a break from what I was doing.  What I was doing was (hopefully) finishing the conceptual content for the card game I created.  It’s a lot more work than I expected it was going to be, and I’ve spend several hours in the conceptual stage fleshing it out (the gameplay, the cards, the specs, etc.).

Now it’s on to actually creating the cards (mock ups of them; can you imagine me trying to draw real artwork?) and doing some play testing.  I really think I have a solid concept here (it’s inspired by Star Realms and M:TG from a playstyle; easy to play like the former but with a little more strategy like the latter); it’s just a matter of sitting down and finishing it so I can figure out the next steps.

But that’s not what this post is about, contrary to the picture attached to it (which I just found and appreciated).

What I should be doing is … I don’t know.  I don’t know if it’s the card game (which I’d like to get moving as a possible career/opportunity), working some more on the house (which is hard to get motivated on), planning a new house (much more fun…but not an immediate value), doing some coding either for my stuff or for, working out with T25 or running (target: 24-minute 5k…I’m at about 30 minutes right now) or something else.

Hence – tradeoffs.  If I’m listening to Roxette (“Dangerous”), Goo Goo Dolls (“Slide”) and Keith Urban (“Who Wouldn’t Want To Be Me?”) at Starbucks while I’m developing the class bonus for a Red Sorceress then I’m not priming the family room walls, looking for sheds or mowing the lawn.  If I’m riding my motorcycle to and fro them I’m not shopping for my lunches for the next week, picking up paint for the walls or drinking to drown my sorrows (I won’t have even one beer if I’m riding the bike).  If I’m enjoying the beautiful weather while punishing myself on a hilly 3.3-mile run then I’m not re-plumbing the upstairs shower for a single control, putting up drywall or watching basketball.

Which is what we refer to as “decisions”, and they’re things we all get to do which are guided by “priorities”.  Which is all well and good…if you know what they should be.  I used to feel like I did, but now I’m just not sure.  I feel like over the last year or so I’ve lost ground on knowing what I “should” be doing, and so I do a lot of floudering.

But then on the other hand I’ve made a number of decisions in that same timespan that I know were the right ones that I never seemed to be able to make when I feel like I knew what my priorities were.

So voila – here I am, letting .38 Special, Walk The Moon and Metallica get me through the morning until I hop back on my Sabre, hit Wal-Mart (a man’s gotta have food to cook with) and head off to whatever tradeoff I’m going to make next.

Anyone got any good ideas on how to figure out what you should be doing?

(post image courtesy of Eedenartwork @ DeviantArt)

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