Result for me is an additional value to the world. In order to get something done you need to create something.
Some days are just busy. There’s a lot what needs to be done and so you do it. In my specific case - costumer support, facilitating communication, writing e-mails and at this point of time transitioning a business to a new person. None of it could be left undone.
Yet it doesn’t give me the real satisfaction - and it’s honestly quite strange how long it took me to come to this simple realization.
I’m simply NOT HAPPY when I’m busy with necessary things only, but yet don’t get things done. Because as I said - getting things done for me is creating an extra value.
This means I always need to know what’s the extra value I want to create. It can be some improvement in the business, innovation around the product, improving some concrete parts of my character, start building a new business -- whatever interests me.
The added value has to become a goal and only then I can be happy.
So in the busiest days I always have a sense of urgency in the back side of my brain that pushes me to get this done as fast as I can, because I can’t be happy before I haven’t taken - each and every single day - some time to create extra value to the world. Sometimes I even wake up in the middle of the night with this urgency in my head - damn, I didn’t really achieve anything today, I was just busy.
Last time was before one product launch - the whole day was just crazy busy that in the evening I dropped in the bed - so tired - that I fell asleep straight away. I woke up around midnight with a nagging feeling - I didn’t get done the most important thing I wanted to get done that day, which was sending out one e-mail to a newsletter. It took me 20 min to get it done and go to sleep peacefully. The next day this e-mail only brought in $ 30 000 -- and I felt I’ve achieved.
You know - there’s nothing compared to the feeling of success, this simply makes you fly and want even bigger things. So being busy doesn’t count a thing - as long as it’s just doing the things you need to do anyway.
And I don’t really want that. I simply want to be happy. And I believe we human are creators and we have a fundamental need to use this creative potential. Fooling us into being busy is just cutting us off from the real source of happiness.
After I chose to become more productive I’m still not productive enough. I’m still spending too much time on things that should take me 5 minutes. I’m simply overthinking some simple tasks that shouldn’t require too much of my brain potential -- so it doesn’t leave me enough time to innovate around the things that truly matter.
I’m determined to make the effort to speed up -- because I want to slow down. The only way to achieve your dreams is to walk the extra mile and be willing to get out of your laziness. I think being busy is an illusion we’re often creating us and lack of goals is the biggest barrier on the way to happiness.
So this posting is for living a rich and fulfilled life, let’s go:)
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