- 8 am: So I want, just like you, to recreate the world by 5pm today. I want to do exactly what I plan to; uninterrupted and efficiently. I want to solve a major problem, or at least a chunk of it to a point of satisfaction.
- 1 pm: Okay, I shall not panic. My to-do list is untouched and I have 30 emails in my sent items list. My inbox has 15 unread emails. I’ll read all of them as I eat lunch. I’ll have plenty of time for my main tasks at 2pm.
- 5 pm: I feel cheated by the clock. Where has my day gone? Why is it that only 1 thing got done? Why is it that my sent items list is now 60 emails long yet I feel so unfulfilled? Why is it that I can’t account for my day confidently and I feel like the absolute opposite of what I set out to feel when I woke up?
- 6.30 pm: Stephen is late. No, no coffee, just a cold coke please. Sigh. I’m so tired. Googles, ‘how to be more effective at work’.
- 10 pm: Tomorrow shall be different. I will wake up early and be in the office by 7 am. I’ll get more done, I promise. Presses play on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 8, Episode 2’.
- 12 am: Logs into Facebook.
- 1 am:Sleeps.
OR perhaps you simply had a binge watching sort of day.
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I didn’t even factor in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snap Chat time!
It’s a vicious cycle. Each day we do a series of things that pushes us further away from effectiveness. Then we turn to Google.
- 5 things highly productive people do every morning.
- 10 things highly effective people do
- 7 things to do to have an awesome day.
- 20 little things to put on your to do list.
Enough already! Surely by now you know what to do to live like an above average human being. Bloggers haven’t let you forget it! Heck you’ve subscribed to medium.com, haven’t you? So have I. Yet I know what ails you because it ails me too. Can we simply focus on being average, simple, honest and cliché phrase-free?
I am not attempting to convert a simple analogy into something fancy to impress you. I’m simply saying, let’s focus on being normal. Also, learn to forgive yourself. It is alright to have ‘lazy’ days.