A Potential You Can't Quite Reach
If you could only get to that deep-focused state—where you’re sailing strong, where you seem to get more work done in an hour than most do in ten.
It’s that powerful, creative place that only seems to mysteriously happen when the right conditions line up.
Believe it or not, you *can* get there reliably. It’s only a matter of practice, starting small. Eventually, you can see how it all flows together and start getting to places you didn’t think were possible.
You may even know you have potential, but somewhere you trip and fall and don’t quite know why. You pick yourself up only to start the painful cycle again.
Maybe it appears that you have things together, but you feel like you're bursting at the seams. Lists, scheduling, and sticky notes can help for short sprints, but eventually they fail. Reminders jumping out of the phone every 5 minutes hardly works either.
Maybe you try forcing yourself to stay with something, but you easily wander off on rabbit trails.
Depending on Deadlines
How about depending on deadlines? You may even delay on purpose to get there.
But deadlines can be harsh! While they can put you on high alert, bringing your sharpest mind to focus, the stress they carry can be exhausting. Meanwhile, due dates rarely line up nicely with each other and can quickly swamp you with far too much to do.
Still, sometimes you make it through! Even so, the work to get there can leave you feeling wiped out, dependent on the next deadline to kick you into gear again.
Depending on Others to Keep You in Check
Maybe you have someone in your life—a spouse, parent, friend, or co-worker—to tell you what to do and when. But that can cause a strain, sometimes enough to break a relationship.
After all, they don’t know where your mind is, and it’s frustrating whenever they interrupt you. As a kid, the demand to "Clean your room!" never came at the right time either, whether a parent said it or when you even said it to yourself. Now, that back and forth continues in some form to this day.
It can be tough to get yourself to do something let alone when someone else tells you what to do
Trying One Productivity System After the Next
Maybe you’ve tried several productivity systems without a staying success. Somewhere you stumble. Too many systems give you a list of tips that you just can’t hold on to. Or you have to force yourself to make it work, which itself is a method destined to fall apart.
Not to mention, what is this "productivity" thing anyway? Why should you have to constantly do more for the sake of doing more?
Whatever works, it's going to have work for you and support what you find meaningful.