When we are too concerned with making timelines, filling up our moments by being busy, jumping from one task on our to-do list to another, we always achieve the exact opposite of what we intend. We remain busy, but are not productive.
Our mental strings pull us in various directions and with each tether bound to us, the tighter we are pulled.
How can we advance freely, if with each step we increase the pull of our tether? We don’t. With each new step we increase the likelihood of us being yanked backed hard and snapped into submission, from our own created constraints.
But how else can we expect to achieve all that we hope for, if we do not take on multiple tasks?
Simple, we master one!
We often hear stories of polymaths, renaissance “men” or people who have remarkable skill in seemingly everything. If they can do it, surely multitasking and being busy will ensure we attain such great heights? From an outsider perspective, the small details often go unnoticed, as the gemstone gets lost among the common rocks. These “superhuman” individuals have simply developed set routines through great discipline, which have become so ingrained in them, that they are part of the routine itself, as opposed to a guiding system separate from their human nature.
They have achieved mastery, which paradoxically allows them to excel at any undertaking they desire. They are not to be mistaken as a Jack or Jill of all trades, who are good at many things. They are rather a master in one specific element, which allows them to become great at many others things.
This is only achieved after this sense of discipline has become second nature. They are willing to push themselves beyond any plateau and set aside moments to focus on their craft. They harness their energy into one concentrated task, as regular daylight is intensified through a magnifying glass, into a single, small but energetically intense, point.
But why should we aim to master one thing if we can do many things all at the same time? We will only get one thing accomplished instead of many right?
Instead of getting one thing done well, we start a few things and don’t finish. If we “finish”, those few things are often of poor quality. For something to be truly completed, it should resemble mastery, from the perspective of the creator or doer. If we complete a task or project and say “it could have been better”, “it’s done but it’s just ok”, “all that matters is that it’s done and I don’t need to think about it,” then our own inner dialogue knows we have done an injustice to ourselves.
We did not express our true nature to its fullest extent.
Now, even this is not the part that should be most alarming. When we do too many things at once, we are neglecting all the truly important things happening around us.
Life does not reside within a day planner, life exists within us!
A day planner, if used in an all too common way, only lists all the things we have to cross off before we can have our “fun time”.
We do not need to intentionally place barriers along our path, before our life can begin…
Let us switch from day planners to journals. From categorizing our tasks to chronicling our adventures. From being busy with nothing to being productive with one thing.
As the explorers of old did not need a map to find fulfillment, they illustrated their adventures so that we too could experience the wonders they enjoyed! Before their maps were created, their adventures had to have happened.
Today live your adventure and make notes along the way.
“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”
– Albert Einstein