Optimization Determination

A week ago, a friend asked me how I manage to optimize things to an almost ruthless level of efficiency.

I find it hard to answer because it was not something that happened overnight. I guess the most motivating factor of all is LOVE. It’s not the fluffy love in red letters and heart shapes. It’s the love that works for its beloved, the type that can go on with certain discomforts if it means a moment of reprieve for the one that you love. One day, I just fell in love and I realize that I cannot afford to waste any more of the precious moments in life for meaningless things.

It became a crusade that is switched on all the time and this crusade is pushing me to outdo my previous self, to go farther than I have gone in the past, and to just be the best possible version of myself.

Optimization is scary. It can be construed as too structured or not fun. But it’s fun because it multiplies your time and maximizes the resources available. It takes time to hit optimization milestones but I get all giddy when it happens to me.

Few people will understand why I am such a sucker for planning and for optimizing. Even waiting time in queues like LRT train stations is used for reviewing new music on my iPod or reading chapters from a long novel. I just make sure that I am productive. Even when I am drying my hair in front of an electric fan after shampooing, I make a mental list of my things to do for that day and organize my time chunks accordingly. I am subscribed to blogs of people who are productivity freaks.

Love has profound effects on people. For me, it has the effect of jolting me to optimizing my life so that I can do everything well. In a way, some people think it’s overkill but I cannot see myself living in any other way. Sure, there are still moments that are unplanned. I still have pockets of time given over to chaos and unexpected things. But most of the time, if I can schedule or align it, it will have its own pre-assigned or ordained space in my mind.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7



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