Friday, February 6, 2015

Mea Culpa: We are all too busy

by Nick Charney RSS / cpsrenewalFacebook / cpsrenewalLinkedIn / Nick Charneytwitter / nickcharneygovloop / nickcharneyGoogle+ / nickcharney

A long time ago I promised myself that I'd make time to write here at least once a week regardless of how busy I was. I was determined to be the first public servant whose path you could follow online in weekly increments from the beginning of their career (well almost!) to the end. While it seemed achievable at the time, its something that (truthfully) becomes more difficult as time (and my career) progresses. That's not a humblebrag in so much as an honest reflection on the truism that as your career progresses so does your level of responsibility and the demands on your time.

I can honestly say that since leaving on interchange I work more hours than I ever have, that said, I do it willingly, never counting the hours or keeping score. The net result of which is a greater degree of engagement with my work but also more exhaustion. I find myself writing more now than I ever have but most of my written words goes to clients, informs semi-anonymous online content or is subsumed in speaking notes, publications and/or communications issued under mastheads other than cpsrenewal. Again, I'm not complaining in so much as trying to say to you I'm still publishing regularly (in fact, probably more frequently) just not as regularly here.

But being busy isn't an excuse. You're busy, I'm busy, everyone is busy. Busy is simply the new normal. The sad part for me is that I'm doing just as much reading, reflecting and ideating as ever, I'm just not able to channel it into the blog like I used to be able to. I need to dig a little deeper, carve out a little more time, and put more (digital) pen to more paper. I still firmly believe that the best way to explore and understand an issue is to think it through in writing. Finding time to do so may be difficult but it is both personally and professionally rewarding. It's made me who I am today and I hope that it will continue to inform who I will be tomorrow.

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