When you are just starting out as an adult you tend to have a shortage of money, but lots of time to accomplish everything you need. During this period, a DIY mentality serves you well: from mundane tasks like repairing your own plumbing and fixing your car to magical tasks like making your oils and magical tools from scratch.
As you get older you hopefully become more successful and money stops being in such short supply. Sadly most people at this stage face a deficit of time. Serious careers, kids, and passions soon make it impossible keep up with all the demands on your time. Suddenly it makes more sense to pay someone to fix crap, mow your lawn, and make your oils and tools.
Hopefully you get that shit whipped into shape too: You streamline your life so that everything from business stuff. to family time, to personal time is happening in a good balance. Now your problem is attention: even with maximized time and infinite money you cannot give attention to everything, so where do you place it?
When you get to this point you start to jettison a lot of stuff. Some decisions are easy. Here’s a hint: if you regularly watch anything on USA network you should re-think where your attention is going. Other choices are more difficult and bound to piss people off when you withdraw or do not give as much of your bandwidth as they would like.
So Strategerati, why am I pointing this out to you? Because if you are like me your passion for sorcery and the occult is so strong that it creates an added draw against money, time and attention beyond what most people experience. Same is true for those who are self-employed. If you are both? OUCH.
Here is what I want you to keep in mind:
ITS CYCLICAL: This progression of Money, Time, Attention deficit is not a single progression through life, it’s a cycle. When you get all three of them nailed down pretty well you will find a new opportunity for Money, which again creates a poverty of Time, and eventually attention needs to shift. The cycles get tighter each time you go through it, and eventually you adjust all three of them simultaneously.
WHERE IS YOUR POVERTY?: Too many wealth Sorcerers are focused directly on money. Figure out where in your life the real poverty lies. It might indeed be money, but it might be time or attention. Focus on where you really need the help and fire your Sorcery at that.
BE MINDFUL OF WHERE OTHER”S DEFICIT LIES: We all need things from other people. Maybe it at a teacher like me, maybe it’s your boss at work, maybe it is people you are trying to get to donate to a cause, maybe its someone even closer like your spouse or best friend.
If you are short on time and have people around you that are not, they might not understand why you can’t hang anymore, its up to you to explain. If someone has a specific method for people to access them through, make sure you know it and use it. If you have lots of time and are trying to get the attention of someone who doesn’t, be brief and to the point. If you write me a couple sentences with a question I can answer briefly chances are I will get back to you in a day or two. If you write me a 2000 word e-mail asking me to explain a whole system of magic, you won’t get an answer.
MANAGE YOUR ENERGY AS WELL: Whatever of the three deficits you are focusing on, you must be mindful of your energy. You can schedule your creative time in the morning, but if you have more energy and focus at night for that then you are managing yourself poorly. You can decide to work three or more jobs for extra money, but your energy will give out as we tragically found out this week. Keeping healthy, eating right, managing caffeine efficiently, and knowing your own cycles are key to making the most of your money, time, and attention.
CHOOSE YOUR TOOLS WISELY: Do you have a scheduling app? A method of note taking? A System for getting things done? There are apps and tools for making money, managing time, and managing attention: make use of them. I am fond of Google Keep for notes, Mint for money management, Calm for short meditation sessions, Rescue Time for getting focused writing done, and ZenToDone as an overall system of management. But I am tweaking it all the time. I will be testing out Todoist this week to see if it offers anything I need.
At the same time, make sure you know what tools NOT to use. I recently turned off all my phone notifications for Facebook messages and E-mails. I have started to again shop with cash rather than an ATM card. Never let your tools use you.
USE MAGIC: Meditation of course is something that you knew I was going to bring up. It is a great help keeping focused. So is unfocused silent time. I had some success recently with praying to Zurvan for managing my time. Planetary minded mages should keep the powers of Luna, Mercury, and Saturn in mind just as much as Jupiter and Sol. Time, thought, and discipline are as important as expansion and inspiration.
Offerings also are a huge help in smoothing things out. You would be surprised at what the un-names local spirits of your neighborhood and workplace can accomplish with less effort than a Goetic Demon. Make offerings and allies, and you won’t even have to ask.