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When “Just Do Something” Paralyzes …

When “Just Do Something” Paralyzes …

“Have I really just watched 5 episodes?”

or

“Clean this, pick up that, do the dishes, and oh yeah – the living room, …”

Restless waves can carry lost and frenetic feelings. Whether bingeing away or cleaning in a flurry, a subtle undertow may flow beneath without awareness.

With a pause, we might discover some underlying overwhelm, a worry that whatever decision we make will be a meaningless drop in the ocean.

Maybe a massive report awaits.

Maybe a crucial deadline creeps along.

Maybe your world is simply a mess.

“I just need to start somewhere…”

but,

“I just don’t want to look at it right now…”

…and so we find solace in doing … something… anything.

Whatever the circumstances or state of our emotions, we can only start with where we are Now.

The Now is all we truly have.

Part of what can hold us back is the focus on the monumental task of doing.

Instead, if we can show up, being, we might find a meaningful momentum forward.

In other words, our work is to get there, to position ourselves within some vessel, some workspace, some playground, where our mind may find a genuine way forward.

The conscious act is simply to make a Visit.

Sometimes that’s as simple as showing up to a piece of paper to list the options of the moment.

Even the smallest ideas can connect us with our whims and worries.

Or we can simply be.

– Kourosh

​The Waves of Focus​’ next module, Crafting Messages – Tasks, Lists, and Future You, has just been released. Whether you use the back of your hand or a robust task manager, tasks are still about your relationship with Future You. How do you begin your way forward without force, without yelling at your Future Self? Designing your messages well can make a world of difference in getting to and even discovering where you want to go.

 

What is Productivity?

Productivity is many things. For some, it is about doing a lot in a little time.
But, truly, productivity is so much more. It is about:

  • Setting yourself up for success.
  • Being focused where you want to be.
  • Doing things that you find meaningful.
  • Being creative, sometimes even in harsh environments.
  • Forging your own paths.
  • Finding your voice and delivering it well.
  • Knowing and actively deciding on your obligations.
  • Knowing where and how to say “no”.
  • Avoiding procrastination.

Too often, many of us fall into just going along with and fighting whatever the world throws at us. “Go with the flow!”, we say. Meanwhile, we might think, “I’d like to do that one thing. Maybe one day I will.” The days go by. The goal never arrives, and then we wonder why or blame circumstance.

But when we learn to take charge of our lives and the world
around us, we start living life with intention.

“I should do that,” becomes “This is how I start”. Deliberately forging a path to our goals and dreams, we figure out what we want in life and then start taking steps there.

Of course, striking out may seem scary. It takes courage to live life with purpose and on purpose. Roadblocks and worries, fears and concerns show up everywhere.

This is my passion. I want to help you to find that sense of your own unique play to meet the world so that you can:

  • Create a life that is yours.
  • Find and follow an inner guide in a way that works for you and those you care for.
  • Decide on your obligations and meet them while building the world you want.

Productivity Journal

When “Just Do Something” Paralyzes …

When “Just Do Something” Paralyzes …

"Have I really just watched 5 episodes?" or "Clean this, pick up that, do the dishes, and oh yeah - the living room, ..." Restless waves can carry lost and frenetic feelings. Whether bingeing away or cleaning in a flurry, a subtle undertow may flow beneath without...

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When “Just Do Something” Paralyzes …

When “Just Do Something” Paralyzes …

"Have I really just watched 5 episodes?" or "Clean this, pick up that, do the dishes, and oh yeah - the living room, ..." Restless waves can carry lost and frenetic feelings. Whether bingeing away or cleaning in a flurry, a subtle undertow may flow beneath without...

read more

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