I am writing just as my girlfriend and I are about to go wall climbing. I think I was 12 years old the last time I went wall climbing!
Last time I was talking about a plan possibly to go for Supernova Elite this year. I'm still considering it, but my recent move to London and other factors have kind of put that plan on hold at the moment.
I'm kind of in between two different mindsets with regard to going for Supernova Elite. On the one hand, the idea of working really hard and putting in a lot of volume is a challenge that seems very inviting to me. I'm young and have the energy and know I'm fully capable of achieving such a goal.
But I'm also thinking about how sometimes "less is more" -- or can be, anyway. I know if I shorten my work weeks in terms of grinding, I'll have more time to pursue other activities such as traveling, which is something I also want to do more.
In fact, I just returned from a one-week trip to Cape Verde, a very nice change of pace from rainy London. I'd spent most of January moving, and thus missed both the PCA and EPT Deauville. Once I was moved in I decided it was time for a trip -- and preferably to someplace warm -- and so Cape Verde was my destination, these great islands off the coast of Senegal that used to be a colony of Portugal.
I even left the laptop at home for the trip, which meant no poker for the whole week. Even just being disconnected from social media and the internet was a nice change of pace, and really allowed me to enjoy the vacation fully.
I've been reading this book called The Four-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, a bestseller that discusses how to use your time more productively such as by "batching" certain tasks like checking emails and responding to them. The book has been kind of an eye-opener, and in fact along with the vacation has made me rethink the Supernova Elite idea.
I love how poker really can provide for the possibility of a shorter work week -- perhaps not as short as four hours, but definitely less than full-time. You get to choose your hours and also when you'll have free time. And of course you get to decide how you are going to use that free time, too.
I'm now thinking more specifically about ways to use my free time more constructively than before. In the past I might have spent six hours sitting in front of the computer but only, say, an hour-and-a-half of that time might involve actually getting things done, while the rest would be filled with random surfing or other time-wasters.
Moving to London, I'm in kind of a different world and there's a lot to explore. I do have some friends here which is nice, but I feel a little like I need to find my way again and create a new network in which to operate. So that makes me even more motivated to be more productive with my free time.
I haven't completely given up on Supernova Elite just yet, and whatever I end up doing I know it will involve playing a lot of poker. But I want to be more productive all around -- both when I'm playing and when I'm not.
Anyhow, speaking of facing and conquering challenges, there's a wall out there I need to go climb!
Matthias de Meulder is a member of Team PokerStars Pro