Whenever I have free time (which is unfortunately becoming more and more rare) I have tremendous difficulty in deciding what to do with it.

This seems to be the result of a few problems:

1) I have too many goals, and so I don't know how to properly prioritize them, making it difficult to choose a next task. 2) Once I try to prioritize goals I end up going down a black hole of trying to figure out what my values really are, what I should actually be doing with my life, what I actually care about, if moral philosophy has implications on my goals, etc etc etc until I've either wasted all of my free time or ended up with an entirely new set of goals.

My stupid question is, does anyone else relate to this? How do you manage to not get caught in "analysis paralysis"? Do I have the entirely incorrect approach to life by trying to base my moment to moment actions on an overall value system?

My stupid question is, does anyone else relate to this?

Oh yes, I certainly do.

How do you manage to not get caught in "analysis paralysis"?

I do not, for the most part.
On the other side, it's a matter of understanding that ultimately, nothing has an absolute value, so you can as well do entertaining things. Or creative things. The universe won't care anyway.

Do I have the entirely incorrect approach to life by trying to base my moment to moment actions on an overall value system?

Of course, since the system needs to compress so much inform... (read more)

Stupid Questions August 2015

by Richard Korzekwa 1 min read1st Aug 2015131 comments

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