Have you been trying to push yourself to be more productive?
Are you still not getting as much done as you’d like to?
Are you still feeling stressed out?
There are a lot of shoulds in our life when it comes to productivity. For example, I’ve always been an overachiever and somewhat of a work-a-holic.
Looking back at my life, I see that I often start out doing what I love, but I end up hating it, because I force myself to work more than I want to, and more than I need to.
There’s a divine flow to life. Going too fast is no better than going too slow. It has taken me a while to realize that it is okay to not get everything done at once.
It’s okay if you’re not where you want to be right now. At the same time comes the realization that the process and the journey is what life is all about.
And that is why I always recommend you follow your highest excitement from moment to moment. The milestones are cool, but enjoying the process is what makes a difference.
When I was working on Live Your Passion, I eliminated 95% of all other tasks.
I didn’t write as many blog posts. I spent less time on social media and I didn’t take on anything else that came my way.
You don’t have to do all the things you think you do. Often if you step back and take a look at your life, you will see that you can eliminate a large percent of stuff that doesn’t make a difference.
When you read and learn too much, you start believing that you have to follow other people’s paths when the only path you have to follow is your own.
Elimination means saying no to projects that do not resonate with you. Elimination means that you are okay with doing less, but getting more done.
This is counter-intuitive, because we equate productivity with constantly doing something, even if that something is checking e-mail every five minutes. But real productivity just means doing things that matter without killing yourself.
When you eliminate, you get focus. If I didn’t eliminate as much as possible when I was working on Passionate Living, I would not have got it done in 2 weeks.
Each day I woke up, I knew that the only thing I had to work on was my ebook. That gave me clarity and eliminated procrastination, because the task was so simple.
If I feel overwhelmed, I take out a pen and a piece of paper the night before I go to bed. I write down three tasks I am going to focus on the next day.
For example, I may write down three chapters I want finished. You have to listen to yourself and find your own rhythm. The most important part is how you feel.
Remember, even if you’re doing something you’re passionate about, or building an online business, if you’re working too hard, you’re stuck in another cage.
Being Okay With Less
I’ve always been very impatient. I can’t wait to get things done, but I’ve come to realize that there’s never an end.
When you finish one thing, there’s always something else.
I saw this clearly when I played poker. At first, I wanted a certain sum of money in my bank account. When I hit my goal, I wanted more, and more, and more.
The cycle never ends. It’s how our minds work. Remind yourself that it’s okay to have less, work less and relax more.
The Essential Ingredient
If you want to enjoy life and get stuff done, you have to rest. Action and rest are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other.
If you work hard for a long period of time, plan in some rest. Don’t jump into the next project right away.
I’ve done this the last few weeks. I’ve focused on improving my Spanish, practicing martial arts and hanging out with interesting people.
Productivity doesn’t mean you have to work, work, work. It just means that you have to focus on that essential 20% that gives you 80% of the results.
Listen to your heart, breathe and relax.