Too Intense?Posted: August 6, 2014
August 6, 2014
Everyone has a hobby – right? Well they should if they do not. You have to have a way to clear your mind – before work clutters it up again.
What kind of hobby? That is very personal. There are dozens of snappy quotes about hobbies and hobbyists. They have no real theme, but talk of hobbies being relaxing (or not), or financially worthwhile (or not), or just arcane (that is, boring to everyone but those involved with them).
From my perspective, I think that a good hobby (or hobbies), at least for people doing competitive intelligence, should have several elements, in no particular order:
- Intellectually focused. If not, how can you clear your mind of all of the junk you have accumulated from the prior week’s work? You do that by filling it with new junk.
- Satisfying. When you are done, how do you feel? Pleased is good, but so is mentally refreshed.
- Physically active. Not vital, but all of us can use whatever help we can find to maintain or improve our health.
- Inexpensive (relatively). Own your hobby – do not let your hobby own you.
Not annoying to your spouse/significant other. Enough said.
So what hobbies have I had or do I have?
- Gardening – Seasonal, of course. But physically active.
- Target shooting. It really forces you to focus, if only for short bursts of time.
- Reading – Perhaps too much. I am reading 2-3 non-work associated books at any time.
- Pedigreed cats – We did this for many years – breeding, showing, judging and living with them, in addition to writing multiple books about them. Demanding, but with very high levels of enjoyment.
- Collecting beer mugs – Very demanding, requiring the regular use of all of these containers with appropriate beverages to keep them in shape (VBG).
What do they have in common (except that I do them)? They are all intense. That intensity helps to me to relax. What about you?