Time to slow down

June 13, 2020

I’m putting the finishing touches on my new course, Big-Picture Productivity. I’ve worked on it for well over a month now and it has taken quite a lot of time and energy to create.

Fortunately, I’m getting a lot back from the people who have already enrolled: many of them are giving wonderful feedback and are telling me that they’ve already seen big improvements.

Still, I am starting to get a little tired. And that’s not surprising, towards the end of such a large project as creating an online course!

While working on the course, I thought of many tasks and projects to work on:

  • I could run a series of webinars
  • I could start a discussion forum
  • I could improve my automated emails
  • I could create this or that YouTube video
  • I could make my home “studio” look better

And so on.

Every time I thought of a task or project, I put it in my task manager. But while working on the course, I listed them all as “someday” tasks, so that I would stay focused on getting the course out. That worked well, although at times I was tempted to launch a new project anyway, as a form of procrastination.

Anyway, now that the course is wrapping up, I am keen to jump into those exciting new tasks and projects—after I take a break. Normally, I’d have scheduled a scuba diving trip to decompress. Alas, the presence of COVID-19 does not allow for that.

Either way, it’s time to slow down. Even the person who teaches productivity for a living cannot be productive all the time.

(And neither can you.)

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