Studio 747 - A Lifestyle Blog for Creative Minds: Why You’re Not Getting Things Done

Friday, July 18, 2008

Why You’re Not Getting Things Done

As a creative individual, my mind is always churning out ideas for projects. There are so many things I’d like to accomplish. My “To Do” list has become a mile long - literally. I used to get stressed out when I couldn’t do 10 things in one day, but I’ve come to realize that 1) Yes, there will always be things to do 2) I can’t do everything and 3) Focusing on one thing at a time actually makes you more productive.

When I focused on just one task at a time and enjoyed what I was doing, my energy levels rose. I was able to accomplish more because I was in the moment and I was excited. Instead of stressing out over all the things that needed to be done, I refocused that energy and started feeling grateful for being able to work from home which had been a dream for years and has finally turned into a reality!

Enjoying each moment of the day is one of the things I’ve been working on this year. After reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (the same author who wrote the best-selling, A New Earth), I no longer worry that I’m not writing on my blogs every day or that I still haven’t been able to update my personal website. All I can do is focus on the task at hand (like writing this article) and to put all my energy into making it the best that it can be.

Take Time Out of the Equation

In our instant gratification society we have this idea that time is not on our side. We need things now. We need things to be done right this instant or we’re missing out on opportunities or money. We rush through activities so that we can feel productive. If we don’t accomplish a certain task within a certain time frame, we have “failed” somehow. Although this lifestyle may work for some people, I actually think that it’s counter-productive. When you take time out of the equation, you become more relaxed and you accomplish more in less time.

Enjoy the Process

When you enjoy the process of accomplishing your goal, it becomes more meaningful. You’re also less likely to make mistakes. Have you ever rushed through a project only to find out that you’ve missed a major detail and have to go back and fix it? You end up spending more time on the project because you were in such a rush to get it done.

Being productive is not about quantity - it’s about quality. As a creative individual, it’s about finding meaning in what you’re doing and to simply enjoy what you’re doing.

Eckhart Tolle says in hist book, A New Earth:

“Not what you do, but how you do what you do determines whether you are fulfilling your destiny. And how you do what you do is determined by your state of consciousness.”

The Secret of Creating Anything Desired


The Happiness Consciousness

When all is said and done, all we want to be is happy. I realized that accomplishing 10 things in one day not only made me dog-tired, I was also unhappy. Now I just take one task at a time, stay focused on it, and just have fun!

When you’re happy and in the moment, every task becomes exciting - even the mundane tasks become more enjoyable (like accounting!)