Last week I talked about getting stuff done. This week I’d like to expand on this subject and explain why just getting things done is not enough.
If what you’re getting done is trivial, irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, if it doesn’t get you closer to your goals and dreams, then why do it at all?
Perhaps it would be better if you saved your energy for the important bits. Completing trivial tasks might feel good, but it’s not what we need from you. We need you for the important, creative work that matters. We need you for the work that no-one but you can do.
High productivity doesn’t mean squat if the things you’re getting done aren’t truly important. It’s far better to get a few top things done, and done well, than to crush a mile-deep todo list of trivial stuff.
Your boss may disagree, but working fewer hours could be better for you and your company.
An obsession with productivity is unhealthy. When you can’t get yourself to be productive, relax. Let go of the need to be hyperefficient. Stop feeling guilty about enjoying yourself.
Until Next Week
You don’t have to get a lot done. You only need to get done the important work, the work that matters.