Not only are things getting accomplished, but dots are starting to connect as to how our brain responds to rewards and "punishment".
There are many questions that have been raised and not necessarily answered because some of these questions point to larger patterns and assumptions we make about how life is supposed to run and what it means to "accomplish" things.
One participant asked, "there is all this 'busy' work I feel like needs to be done before I can get to the creative stuff that I want to do. But often times by the time I finish doing the busy work, I don't have energy or focus for what I want to do."
If you were to complete a whole list of mundane yet necessary things, would that leave you feeling accomplished or upset that you didn't have time to get to what you wanted to do?
Sometimes it feels good to get it done, but the drudgery takes a toll on your energy and thought reserves. Sometimes, doing the one thing on your list that brings you great creative joy gives you juice and motivation to finish the other things on the list that are not as fun.
What is your way through your list?
The one thing I noticed most glaringly this week with the ladies in this course, was that even though they actually accomplished more than they normally do in a given week, they were not able to focus on the achievement, but rather focused on what they did not yet accomplish. They were able to stick with projects that they usually put off all the way to the end and clear out things that they've been meaning to clear out for months, yet all they could say was "Yeah, but I still didn't get to.....xyz"
This is a fatal flaw of procrastination and for accomplishing things because there will always be more to do and more that could've been accomplished. It is important to cultivate a habit of noticing accomplishments. It is great to know what still needs to be done, but at the end of the day, let the very last thing you do be to count the accomplishments that were had, no matter how small.
This shift in perspective alone will bring you more of a sense of accomplishment and motivation to do more.
Try it and post your comments below!