Reading, Writing and Doing

It would be difficult (if not downright impossible) to know how many books, magazines, web pages, etc are currently published. Even if one could know all of this, it would change so quickly that the information would be worthless. I could spend the rest of my life (with the odd break for meals and other absolutely essential things) reading everything that I could get my hands on–in just a single area of study–and never catch up.

As it is, I probably spend (outside of the reading I do in the course of my work for hire) 25hrs a week reading. I may scan 50 to 100 articles a day (and read the headlines for hundreds more) on the web. Not to mention old-fashioned books on a variety of topics, emails, etc.

After all of this reading, I fit in probably 10hrs a week in writing about what I’m reading . Given that, my reading and writing (largely directed toward creating content for this website) takes up about 35 hours or so per week. Take out another 45 hrs spent in largely remunerative activity, 10 hrs in travel, 15 hrs for religious activities, 50 hrs spent in a supine position attempting to sleep . . . and one starts running out of hours in the week to do things.

So it is that I am reassessing how I spend my time with an eye toward both becoming more efficient as well as more focused on those things which are clearly important.

Given this topic, a few words from Solomon benDavid seem in order:

And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

One thought on “Reading, Writing and Doing

  1. Yes, you don’t want to be spread too thin. It is a wise person who realizes and accept the limitations of time. “Teach to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

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