Everyone wishes for more time. More time to create, more time to sleep, more time with loved ones. We constantly search for more time and fail. What if, instead of adding more time, you could multiply the time you already have?
For seven years, I worked for a nonprofit, managing teams in various departments and communicating with team members and colleagues. Inevitably, this meant a lot of communication with a lot of different people every day, which felt like I was being productive, but in fact was the opposite.
There is a fine line between shipping and sucking.
Here’s what I mean by that:
If you subscribe to any number of blogs on writing, productivity, or business, you’ve probably heard the term “shipping” used in reference to creative work.
But there is a shadow side to shipping.
Productivity is a lost art. Day after day, it’s a conversation with yourself that begins with, “I should get started on X, but…”
It’s too easy to get sucked into a world of distractions. Why be productive and work when I could be doing something else entirely?
I was on vacation in California for a month and a half when something terrible happened: I stopped writing.
Distraction. It’s one of the fastest ways to lose our focus and start — uh, what was I saying? Sorry, I had to check my email real quick. Anyway, where was I?
Oh yeah, distraction…
You and I are called to important work that not just anyone can do. And the biggest obstacle to accomplishing this is a million little distractions that we encounter every day.