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Not Enough Time

I suspect that the idea I want to write about is one of those that can't be communicated in writing, but I'll give it a try anyway. If nothing else, at least I'll get to organize my thoughts.

Here's the idea.

There's not enough time to do everything you want to do.

I usually think of the idea in terms of the different projects I have. While I'm writing essays for urticator.net, I'm not getting better at playing go, or reading, say, Remembrance of Things Past, or doing any of the other things I might want to do.

That's not the only level the idea can operate at, however. It applies at a lower level, within the individual projects. Take urticator.net, for example. Even if the end I imagine, referential completeness, turns out to be possible, there will always be other changes I'll want to make. I might want to add a genuine word index, or write a better overview; or, knowing the whole content in advance, I might want to rewrite it all in linear form. Who knows?

The idea also applies at a higher level. Time spent on projects is time not spent being social, or raising a family or sleeping, for that matter. At root, there are only so many hours in a day, and only so many days, and however you spend the hours, there will always be things you might have done, and didn't.

So, that's the idea. I was going to put the rest of my comments right here, but there were too many of them, so I've moved them into subessays instead.

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  See Also

  Another View (Free Time)
  Disposing of Things
  Enthusiasm
  Epiphanies
  Flexibility
  Fossilization
  How Much Time?
  Mathematical Notes
  Physical Awareness
  Voluntary Simplicity
  What Is Best?

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