I’ve been reading Monk at Work and have really enjoyed the honest, unfettered professionalism it brings. Adam merges the sometimes harsh world of management and motivation with what I consider to be a southern “cut to the chase” attitude, all while maintaining a zen-like absence of frustration which I envy him for having.
In Are You Feeding Your Inner Rebel Candy, Or Kryptonite Adam’s insight hit close to home. I have a “never ending todo list”; in my mind if you can’t think of something cool to do, even though you may not have time to do it, then you’re not trying.
However, my list has many things that I feel I “really should do” which keep getting put off. I recently discovered the concept of an Eisenhower Matrix and although I don’t quite have the same power to delegate it’s been a powerful tool for me to better prioritize my list.
Fancy organizational tricks are sometimes another way of reconciling the reality that you’ll never get every task done. However, Adam’s post speaks to some of the underlying reasons why many things won’t get done, at least not without a major struggle, whatever the organizational system you use.
If you can’t make yourself want to accomplish the task, then it will be painful to do even if it should be done. I think we can all learn this lesson from Adam. It doesn’t mean things suddenly become easy, but if we can find a way to desire completion the rebel won’t interfere.