I don’t know about you but with all the multi-tasking we already do, our checklists, our desire to cram every single minute with activity and stuff, it’s easy to believe we need to increase our productivity. There’s a mad desire almost to continually keep pushing.
And there is so much stuff out there pushing and pulling you in different directions all the time.
Do more. Do less.
Produce, strive and put in effort.
Relax, take a load off, enjoy nothingness.
I read something recently about productivity and it touched on how you could be more productive by simply making a list of six things that you know you need to accomplish the next day. I know that in today’s world, nobody has only six things they need to do tomorrow. We have way much more. But I understand the concept of just committing to six and think it has a greater chance of succeeding than if you tried to do more.
My biggest problem is prioritising. It’s not a problem as in I am unsure of what to prioritise, it’s that there is too much clamouring to be prioritised. But I cannot do it all and I’ve realised that when so much is screaming for attention and needing to be done urgently, it’s way easier to just stall.
You get stressed. You feel it mount within you and it leaves you more times than not, almost motionless. You get caught in busy work but you’ve not really achieved anything. And when you have so many priorities, achieving anything is about closing down on the hard stuff you know you need to get done.
So, try to commit to less. I think it could work. What bothers me is the inertia from trying to take on too much. Everything comes at you hard and fast and it seems insurmountable. But if you contain that emotion and just pick the one thing you should work on, the fear and stress begin to lessen.
It’s action that helps, not thought or planning. It’s getting things done. And therefore, perhaps the trick is not in committing to more or less. The trick is to leave the stress aside and just begin. Slowly but surely.