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Just. Handle. It.

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Just Handle It

It absolutely amazes me the things that people let slip in their lives. Dishes going uncleaned. Bills going unpaid. Emails going unanswered. What ever happened to being a responsible adult who has it together?

Note: this is a bit of a rant.

There’s a popular idea that some of my friends discuss, and it’s the idea that when you live by yourself for the first time (especially in another country), you hit this realization point where you know that if you don’t take care of something… nobody else will. If you don’t buy toilet paper, nobody else will. If you don’t clean up after yourself, nobody else will.

So technically, everyone who makes it through into adulthood should understand this idea. And yet, some people don’t seem to be able to do with it – whether it’s because they moved from their parents’ house and straight in with a partner, or whether they went from home to college to somewhere with flatmates and forgot responsibility along the way. Japan has an ongoing social epidemic called 引きこもり (hikikomori), which is a generation of Japanese youth who become social recluses, withdrawn and often living with their elderly parents. Here is in the West, we have our own version of this – people who waste away their 20s trying to extend their college years and then going through their 30s and 40s with an inability to take responsibility for their lives or actions.

What does this have to do with productivity? The core (and I do mean core) concept of productivity is being responsible. It means taking care of what you have to. It means handling your sh*t. It means taking charge of the direction of your life, doing the right thing and taking responsibility for what has happened and what will happen with your dreams, goals and life.

Handling It

I hope by now you realize that I want you to be able to handle things.


By staying on top of things. By using all the things you learn on this blog and putting them into action to get your organization and productivity just sorted. Because once you do that, you can start working on other things in your life – and that’s why we’re all here… to build a better life for ourselves.

To help, we came up with something called the 3 Times Rule: if something bothers you more than 3 times, go find a permanent solution for it. Notice when things bug you, find a solution for it, then implement that solution. If it doesn’t work the first time, then tweak the solution until it does – it’s that simple.

Seriously, Handle It

Stop letting things slide in your life. When you see something that is out of place, correct it. When something needs to be done, just do it.

Do you really want to be one of those people who has “potential” but never uses it?

Well guess what. EVERYONE on the planet has potential. Yet only 1% of the world gets ahead – what does that tell you about the difference between having potential and actually using it?

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Posted by E  | April 8, 2016 at 12:50PM | Reply

I needed this. Question is: will I do something with it…

Posted by Adam Farrah  | February 12, 2014 at 12:01PM | Reply

Aaron, wow man.

This is right on for where I am right at this moment. I’ve been reading Barbara Stanny’s “Overcoming Underearning” and really taking a good, hard look at myself, my work and financial behaviors, my daily work habits, my family’s money attitudes, etc. It’s funny too, because something she said made something from “Getting Results the Agile Way” click in a way it never had before. Then I read this from you and it’s like BANG!

As Stanny just said in the part I read this very morning (quoting someone who had done her program) : “Like I’m an adult, not waiting for someone to do it for me. It’s such a relief, and so empowering.”

A big part of Stanny’s book – that’s geared toward women from older generations but applies to virtually all of us – is that we get raised in ways that give us the idea that money and earning stuff will be taken care of for us. For women of older generations it’s usually “Prince Charming” as Stanny refers to it. For me it was my father for a long time, then whatever company I worked for or whatever boss I had and even now, my family to a degree.

You don’t even realize it. It’s barely conscious. It’s just a feeling that it’s not for you to deal with. In a way, it’s being stuck in immaturity, I guess.

Of course, I do my own dishes and actually overwork most of the time – sometimes on the wrong things. That’s where my attraction to the Stanny book came from – working myself into exhaustion, stress and burnout and STILL not being where I want to be in my blogging and writing career or on a financial level.

That’s where the Agile Results stuff came in. I was in a bunch of the “Productivity Pitfalls” from page 121. I was working too hard on the wrong things and then falling back on less than empowering options for getting by financially because I wasn’t doing the things I needed to produce the value I needed to produce to have the income results I wanted.


Thanks for this, bro!

Check out the Stanny book, it rocks.


Posted by Kosio Angelov  | January 31, 2014 at 6:47PM | Reply

Love the rant!

I would add to the 3 times rule (which is a great idea btw) to check not only what bothers you, but the people around you as well. You might be OK with leaving the dishes unwashed but your partner / spouse / parents / roommate might feel differently.

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