An Awakening or an Escape?
For the last several years or the last quarter of my life, to be honest, I've tried many ways to become more organized and productive with both my professional and personal life. From implementing many different types of productivity systems to inventing my own, the results were the same, no improvements at all. On the contrary, some of the trials resulted in less productivity which also led to significant loss of self-confidence, which led to even less productivity, which led to substantial setbacks in self-esteem, and which led to...
Lately, I've been thinking about the possibility of not having a productivity system, and even better, began to believe that such a system doesn't exist at all. If this was the absolute truth, that there is no suitable one for me and no way to invent my own, what would I do?
I would stop searching and just start getting things done. BOOM! Problem solved, get back to work! Right? Not so fast... I always tend to play with my brain just like a kitten plays with a wool yarn, and in this case, I have several remarks on this, of course.
Every productive person has a system for getting things done.– Same ludicrous sentence in lots of blog posts on the subject of productivity
Imagine that you have a small bowl of sand and several randomly placed colored stones in it. Your task is to find the red one. You start digging with your fingers, picking rocks one by one and putting them on the table. Since the bowl is small, it doesn't take long to pull them out all. Once you're sure that there are no stones left in the bowl, you check the table but can't see the red one. Where is it? Maybe you missed it. You dip your fingers into the sand one more time to see if any left, but no, nothing. So, in the end, you're 100% sure that there's no red stone and the search for it is complete.
The question is, instead of a small bowl full of sand, when would you stop, or would you even stop the search if you had to search the red stone in a beach or a desert?
A drunk is on his hands and knees looking for his keys under a streetlight. A policeman approaches him and asks, “What are you doing?” The drunk replies in a slurred voice, “I'm looking for my keys.” The policeman further inquires, “Where did you drop them?” The drunk says, “Over there,” pointing to the end of the city block. The policeman scratches his head and says, “If you dropped the keys over there, why are looking for them over here?” And the drunk man replies, “Because the light is better over here.”
When we face the unknown, or things get difficult, we tend to search for solutions in our comfort zone, and not in places where real answers might lie. So the question is, how would you know that you are asking the right questions that push you out of your comfort zone for the correct answers?
With these in my mind, I ask myself:
Even though the real question is known to be unknown, the search for an answer continues.
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