The older we get the more we do things that suck the energy out of us. That suck all the life out of us. Of you. Of me. Of all of us. And we stop doing the things that give us energy. We never take the time to recharge the batteries.
Some time in our twenties (sometimes even earlier) we start doing all of these things we don't really enjoy doing. I guess doing all of these things will stop again some time in your forties. At least I hope it will..
In our twenties and thirties we tend to do things that are against our nature. Things we do to climb a ladder we don't really care about that much. Things we do to pay our dues. And the bills. And to keep up..
Things like working on that assignment that won't get anyone anywhere. Not the client. Not your company. But maybe your boss.
Things like polishing that power point presentation for another two weeks even though it was already perfectly fine on day three.
Things like creating that weekly or daily report just because it's part of the annual review. Even though no one reads that report anyway.
Things like that weekly or maybe even daily meeting where you basically talk about the same things over and over again without ever reaching an agreement.
You know, all of these things that drive you mad. The things that drove me mad back then. And still do. The things that suck all the energy out of you. Of me. Of all of us.
After a day like this I usually feel or felt more exhausted than I feel after running 15km. All I could do back then was to sit down on the couch, turn on the TV and fall asleep only to wake up at 3 in the morning with my work clothes still on.
And I guess that this is the single most important reason why most people procrastinate. Why I procrastinate. Why the entire world procrastinates. And all of this productivity jibber jabber makes it even worse.
It forces us to do even more of the things that suck all the energy out of us. And not only does it force us to do more of them. It forces us to do them faster than we ever did before.
So for me, the only way to fight procrastination and to become more productive is to do more of the things that give us energy instead of doing more and more things that suck all the energy out of us.
And 5 minutes a day are already enough to get you started.
You don't have 5 minutes a day? Just stop reading my blog. That's your first 5 minutes right there. And then you need to keep on adding more minutes..
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[Related: I stopped giving a shit a long time ago]