August was one of the most memorable months of my life.
First, I received an unexpected promotion at work. I was thrilled to say the least.
Yes, it will be a tremendous challenge. And I have a number of new responsibilities now on my plate (and surely a little added stress). But that just means that it is a perfect opportunity for growth and meaningful achievement.
Then, on the morning of August 23rd, the woman I adore and appreciate more than words can express agreed to marry me.
The picture you see above was taken a few moments after she graciously overlooked my nervous rambling and said yes to my proposal … making me the luckiest guy I know.
The elation of that moment still has not subsided. It has, though, been joined by the reality of the next step that Heather and I must take: planning a wedding. From what I know of this process, having watched others go through it, the next 8-12 months (depending on what the date ends up being) are going to be jam-packed with action, the majority of which will not be, umm, stress-free.
I’m looking forward to it all. Between work, the wedding, and the everyday process of building this new shared life with Heather, the next year is going to be vastly different from the one that preceded it.
All of this leads me into the difficult decision that precipitated the big change alluded to in the headline of this post:
I have decided to cut back on the posting schedule here at Primility.
For the last several months, I have been posting twice on the blog each week (Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 CT) and sending a newsletter on Sunday morning.
You may have noticed that yesterday there was no new post. No, it wasn’t because Labor Day messed me up regarding what day it is. It was because I am now going to be posting on the blog once on Wednesday, with the newsletter still coming on Sunday morning.
As much as I wanted to stick with the Tuesday/Thursday blog posting schedule moving forward, there are a number of reasons why I came to this decision — a decision that, yes, was aided by primility.
Here’s what I mean …
First things first: I am not going to say that I don’t have time to keep the two-posts-per-week schedule going. I could make the time to do it.
But when I look at what my priorities have to be for the foreseeable future, there are now a few new items on the list above Primility. There have to be. When an employer entrusts you with new responsibilities that will require more of your time and focus, and the love of your life agrees to marry you … well, life changes just a bit. In a good way. In a great way.
Thus, while my pride stubbornly insists that I not change anything, I am siding with humility on this one.
The reality is that I am only one semi-productive man — who needs a decent amount of sleep to function at an adequate level consistently. To ignore my own limitations simply to satisfy that stubborn pride would do no good for anyone.
I would surely have weeks when, because of time constraints, I would publish crap simply to fill a date on the schedule. That is not good for readers. It is far better to post something meaningful once a week than two bubble-gum blog posts twice a week.
And I know that if I kept the same posting schedule, I would feel pressure to research and write articles when other to-do list items should be taking priority. Giving in to that pressure (and I would) would not be fair to my fiancee or my employer.
So … that is why I will only be posting once a week on the blog from now on.
Normally I wouldn’t make this big of a deal taking you through the whole thought process behind this decision. But as I realized the pride-humility tugs going on in my head as I was wrestling with this decision, I realized it would be a relevant example of primility in action.
In this case, I believe primility has led me in the direction of a decision where less will be more. You will get better content (albeit less of it) without filler, and I won’t have to shortchange higher priorities to deliver it.
If you have any thoughts about my thinking, or perhaps a different way you have approached a similar decision in the past, I’d love for you to share in the comment section.
I’ll see you next Wednesday right here with a new blog post … or Sunday morning if you’re on the email list.