A day unencumbered

Focus is such a rare thing. In this modern world, we prize multi-tasking. We prize being able to get a hundred things done, no matter whether those things are worth doing or not.

What would happen if you just did one or two things?

Today I will do a hundred different things, because I have to help my corporate overlords make money like the good little wage slave that I must be (for now, for now). Yesterday though, I did three things:

  1. I edited my book.
  2. I worked out.
  3. I did some writing for RandomC.

Truthfully, I didn’t put much time into the second and third items, so the vast majority of the day was spent on a single task. I probably worked eight hours on that alone.

I got a lot done, and I loved doing it.

What would happen if you stopped trying to do a hundred things all the time, and did just one or two? Choose them right, the projects you’re really passionate about, and I bet your day will be more fulfilling – and more productive – then it possibly could have been otherwise.

2 thoughts on “A day unencumbered

  1. This links nicely with your previous post about the urgent and the important. We are constantly bombarded with supposedly urgent situations, with little time left for important matters. Time management can help a lot here, but I think the question is – why do we have to apply it in the first place?

    It seems that living became too fast in the past century or so. We sleep less, we work more, we do more things, we own more things… but somehow, apart from the medical and communication advances, this hasn’t made us much happier or better.

    • Someday I’ll riff off an old Godin post on false proxies. The long and short: it’s because our societies are designed to maximize certain metrics (money made, primarily), instead of what we should really be focusing on, which is happiness. The only problem is that happiness is vague and different for each person, and thus hard to measure, especially when compared to something easy like net worth or GDP. So we measure and focus on those instead, to the detriment of the individual.

      Unless we choose not to live that way, of course. It’s not always an easy one, but it is a choice, if we’re willing and able to make it.

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