Master Your Time
The Value of Time
The heart of productivity is focusing on big pieces of gold and the proper methods to harvest it. Productivity, like in martial arts, is more about proper technique than it is simply about speed. Speed, while helpful, is one dimension and can be outdone by a good technique.
Stress and Tunnel Vision:
Sometimes when you have a high value task, you may feel overwhelmed. You feel there are many things to do and time is limited. This causes stress and tunnel vision. Often, we can only see the high value task, because there are also high consequences. And so, we often neglect many smaller things around us. And then everything comes crumbling down.
Stress Free Productivity:
Like in the picture above, all the stones are balanced neatly, resembling focus. Order was created out of chaos. It was done by focusing on one activity at a time, one stone at a time. This is the essence of time mastery. When your mind is everywhere, it is nowhere.
Every Activity Has an Emotional Value:
While you've mostly heard about identifying your highest value tasks and focusing on them, what has been neglected is the fact that we get enormous emotional value from certain actions, positive or negative.
Why We Delay and Procrastinate:
Tangible value and emotional value are two sides of the same stone. If a certain task has negative emotional value, it will require greater effort to accomplish it and result in procrastination. The highest state of productivity results from merging tangible value with emotional value. High emotional states like excitement, curiosity, and purpose produce more energy to increase output.
Don't Let Anything Disturb You:
This is the basis of taking action with freedom. Freedom comes from non-resistance (wu-wei). Practice this so that you become free. You can’t be free if you resist things and let them control you. Practice silence towards things that normally stir your emotions.