Apr 29 2007
My friend Alister Cameron has written a very poignant post entitled “If you don’t have Passion and Purpose, Greater Productivity won’t help you!” It’s not a quick, throw away read by any stretch of the imagination and Alister delivers a meaningful message. I daresay there may be an “aha” moment for many readers – there was for me. He begins:
If what you do with the best hours of your day is not also the thing you’re passionate about, stop right now!
Stop right now and confront the cold hard facts for what they are: no amount of effectiveness training, time management skills, productivity tips and tricks or goal setting know-how will replace the critical missing ingredient of your life: passion.
It’s funny how someone else’s words, written not for you specifically, can hit the nail on the head. I’m not talking specifically about what I quoted, but further on in the post. And I’m not talking general horoscope type predictions here, but then again…
Your ideas clearly and eloquently express the way you feel, particularly where the more important inner issues lie. You may articulate the things that were only inspirations of the heart, but take care you do not generalize them too much for others, as the only reality you know right now is your own.
Translated: I should take care with this post.
So where to begin?
Ben started it. A meme entitled “The Ultimate Guide to Productivity Group Writing Project“. Ben’s asking for our best productivity tips and, bless his heart, Alister tagged me – perhaps erroneously thinking I might have some peals of wisdom.
Let me say, the way I feel at the moment asking me for a productivity tip is about as useful as asking Britney Spears for tips on sobriety.
My time management skills suck.
I am constantly multitasking.
I suffer from task avoidance (aka procrastination).
I employ management by crisis and
I daresay I suck at prioritisation too – both personally and professionally.
There’s probably a few reasons for this.
- Passion (or lack thereof – as per Alister’s post) for tasks that I should do
- A selective (I hesitate to say “short”) attention span – exacerbated by the
internetworld we live in (who created all these damn tabs and windows and RSS feeds)
- Perfectionism (you mightn’t see it, but I struggle with it 😉 )
What did I take away from Alister’s post? From his journey to self-actualisation, which Alister doesn’t mention but it’s a journey he’s on, a few things are apparent to me.
- I have to clean up the “mess” in my (working) life. This means biting the bullet and doing the things that HAVE to be done. I cannot have “serenity” until I do that
- I have to enforce a “sabbath” – not necessarily in the strict biblical sense, but “time out” for Important Things (i.e. family and friends)
- I need “solitude”. Time in the shower just doesn’t cut it.
It’s a wonderful notion that we can spend the “best hours of our day” doing what we are passionate about. Perhaps we have the power to change that, but one step at a time – gotta clear the slate first.
At the risk of “copping out” – who am I going to tag? Anybody who thinks they have a valuable productivity tip to contribute.
Oh, I nearly forgot, when am I most productive? When the internet goes down. I get a heap done then 😉
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