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ongoing social epidemic called 引きこもり (hikikomori), which is a generation of Japanese youth who become social recluses, withdrawn and often living with their elderly parents.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.
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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