Get What Matters Done
25th May 2017
Simple truth: fast and busy are a choice.
“What if all the things that need doing aren’t really the things that matter? And what if the better, more enjoyable way to get what matters done is not to speed up, but to slow down? Simple truth: fast and busy are a choice.
We choose to go fast and be busy because we think it’ll get us what we want. All too often, it doesn’t. Fast and busy makes life brittle. It makes us feel like every inch of space in life is locked in and there’s no room to move. Instead of unlocking productivity and potential, it throttles both. It deludes us into feeling like we’re getting more done faster, but in reality, we could get the same done in the same or less time with more grace by dialing it back, not forward.
In the end, we’re left feeling dissatisfied and helpless to extract ourselves from the process. Except we’re not. It’s all an illusion. Brittle, fast, and busy are not what life has given us; they’re what we’ve given ourselves.”
– Jonathan Fields, How to Live a Good Life, soulful stories, surprising science and practical wisdom