Pushing and Pulling to be more Productive

If you have any ambition at all one of the things you probably run into quite a bit is that sneaky learky feeling of time slipping away and never having enough of it.

While it may make sense for you to run as fast as possible, not get any sleep and sacrifice all your family time to get on top of your work or get ahead on some projects. It may not work, And what’s the solution to all of these time constraints?

Well while I don’t have the answer I can write about what doesn’t work:

1.0 to 1000, where you go from having loads of leisure time to no leisure time at all doesn’t work. There is a reason why people who grew up as young kids and teenagers hustling their asses off tend to do better as adults, they have a long practiced sense of work habit ingrained in them already and that discipline is accessed at a greater ease than for a person who grew up relatively leisurely thwarting all the work possible, like myself. In fact this is one of my biggest hurdles that I have been facing with myself. As the hobo on the street says watching the man in the limo drive by “there but for myself I go.”

At the core of this internal debate is the notion that for some reason a life of leisure is somewhat more desirable and enjoyable than a life of discipline and work. I have found this to be completely false, I have both lived with all the leisure I could stand, and have lived on a tighter schedule than I would prefer, but if I had to choose between the two extremes I would choose the busy schedule. There is a multitude of reasons for this that I will not get into in this article but I will say I have always been happiest when I am working towards an over arching goal in my life.

2. Like the wise Paul Chek says: You can’t control time, you can only control the amount of time spent on activities. So the time to do projects must come from other time, whether it’s leisure, love, work, or sleep something is going to diminish in response to an increase in your productivity.

Although it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, for example spending a little less time aimlessly meandering the aisles of Whole Foods could be a good thing for not only my time but also my wallet and my health( the amount of coffee and chocolate that I consume while I am there is ridiculous)

3. Perception is Everything: I learned this lesson when I first started working in the food service industry as a waiter. I always seemed to be rushing and feel like I never had enough time, whether it was getting to work or getting an order into the computer the scarcity of those seconds SEEMED to be ominous, and the choices I made created more of the same.

I would rush make mistakes and create less time for myself while I cleaned up messes. I would procrastinate creating tension and foggy thinking and the cycle just got worse. Then finally one day I caught myself saying in my head for the billionth time ‘Shit I got to go’ and I tested something different out: ‘What if I replaced that phrase with ‘I have plenty of time’ and the ATTITUDE and ACTIONS to back it up… What would happen?

Well here’s the result: I stopped procrastinating and rushing to make mistakes and I increased my prioritizing skill of what needed to be done and skill of activities and scheduling to where I actually did have plenty of time, complete magic.


So While I don’t have all the answers I have struggled with these issues for the past few years and I hope reading about this can in some way help you out.

Until next time,funny_warped_clocks-r8a5e04be35dd496a9af48f0e9963c3d2_fup13_8byvr_512

Nick Brunner

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