I used to be a lot like you. I had huge to-do lists, ran myself ragged, and worried endlessly how I was ever going to get everything accomplished because man, I was so busy! It almost was a badge of honor.
I mean, it’s how we answer everyone’s casual greeting of “How ya doing?”
And then one day, I realized something. Busy is often the product of poor aim.
If you have too much to do, it’s often because you’re shooting at too many targets. You’re seeing the entire battlefield and not the objective.
In video games of all kinds, the “world” becomes simplified. In Tetris, you know you’re supposed to get the blocks to fit such that the rows decrease. In Angry Birds, you’re aiming for a three star knockdown of the pigs. In Pac Man? Eat all the dots before the ghosts get you. (Man I’m dating myself with these references :))
Even in more complex games like Overwatch or Fortnite, where the world seems FULL of things to do, there are “things you can shoot at” and there are “objectives.” An objective is a goal to be met, often one that provides a reward. As opposed to the “shoot the bad guys” part of the game, it might be something like “complete a challenge to earn this skin.”
Starting to see the story here?
You are most likely shooting at a lot of things. Instead, seek the actual objective. [Read more…] about The Paradox of Getting More Done