Inefficiencies have been ruling my life as of late.
I’d like to say that it comes with the territory of pursuing multiple disciplines, but that feels more like a cop out.
I need to overhaul how I write and blog, and my way of podcasting needs to be completely flipped on its head. How I’m balancing time with passions, critical paths, work / rest, side businesses, family and friends, all need to be rethought out.
The problem is, like the quote contributed to Albert Einstein, “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”, it’s difficult to become efficient using the inefficiencies you’re used to.
Why do I feel inefficient? Am I really inefficient or do I just think I am? And if I am inefficient, does it really matter?
Trying to pinpoint it in a pinch, I’d say it stems from my character trait of wanting to help others and give to those around me. Which seems like great traits to have. Who doesn’t want to be helped and given to? A question that highlights the issue: if you say yes to everyone who needs help, you no longer have a life. You become the errand boy / girl on your day off. Picking up and dropping off things. Driving to the airport. You run around all day doing and helping everyone except yourself, and then wonder why you had a low grade sense of dread and anxiety.
Saying Yes to Everyone Means No Longer Having Your Own Life
The act of giving isn’t the problem here. What’s bad is you’re not balancing giving with getting what you need. And from not getting what I need, I’ve limited my capacity to do the things I want to do. (And this the inefficiencies).
Does it matter? Probably not if I just wanted to go about living the way I have been. But if I want to meet my potential and continue seeking the things that make me excited and free I need to learn how to build effective systems of action. And ultimately, learn to say no when I need to say no too.
All that being said, I am no more effective than I was at the beginning of this blog, but now at least I’ve highlighted the issue. From here it’s taking the time to research and ask myself the questions:
Who is efficient that I can look up to and model?
Who is efficient and shouldn’t be? What are they doing to do so?
Where can I start experimenting on adding small components of effectiveness? Where are small actions I can start taking immediately to practice being more inefficient?
Where do I need to balance myself more when it comes to helping others?
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh W.
“The ultimate goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it.” — Michael LeBoeuf
“The system is that there is no system. That doesn't mean we don't have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that's not what it's about. Process makes you more efficient.” — Steve Jobs
“If I get stuck, I look at a book that tells me how someone else did it. I turn the pages, and then I say, 'Oh, I forgot that bit,' then close the book and carry on. Finally, after you've figured out how to do it, you read how they did it and find out how dumb your solution is and how much more clever and efficient theirs is!” — Richard P. Feynman