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How do you know if you had a solid day or week of output? We can easily get deluded into thinking we were highly productive, but we may have simply stringed together fleeting days of busy activity. Sometimes, simply maintaining that appearance of effort can make us feel justified.
Productivity makes you a reliable person who gets things done that need to be done. There are things we have to keep doing in order to keep tasks and projects moving along because of the commitments we made to ourselves.
However, what about moving the needle on a much larger level? You have to have space to think about such context.
Are the projects and people I am involved with helping me get to where I want to go?
Does this project even matter?
It’s that pull between doing things right vs. doing the right things.
When I find myself unenthusiastic or lax in my work and interactions, it’s likely because something does not make sense anymore in the context of what is important. I have to disengage and do a gut check on what I am giving myself to.
With the world moving so quickly and the ease of others pulling on you with requests, I think it’s a trap anyone can find themselves in.
So, if you feel that kind of misalignment, take a breather and pull back rather than push in. Think about where you are headed and cut things that don’t make sense even though they might have been a good idea before.
We are always needing to be dynamic because we are living in a fast changing world.
Maybe it’s less about hard work and much more about hard thinking.