The Paradox of Doing

The act of doing more leads to a simple problem. The more you do the less there is to do. If you do all the little things, the work of life, then what you find after a while is that your world becomes a little more organized, a little cleaner, and a little less chaotic. If your toolbox is tidy and organized then the next time you need to fix something you will be able to find exactly what you need in less time than you did before. So it’s not just that you have less to do but the remaining things you will do could become more efficient and less time consuming.

The act of doing will become a little more difficult over time once you’ve knocked out the low hanging fruit. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can become a little more creative in your pursuits. You can take on projects that require a bit more time. You can learn new skills with trial and error. You can try new hobbies. You can simply walk.

When you first set out to make a list of all the things you can/will do it can be overwhelming. You may even have some anxiety about it. There will come a time, however, when you’ve done so much you become bored and perhaps even a little unmotivated. These are the times when sliding back into a world of thinking is the easiest. Boredom leads to thinking and thinking is not the goal here. Do the dishes, take out the trash, wash a load of laundry, sharpen a box of pencils.

When you’re done doing for now you have a choice; more thinking or more doing. What’s it gonna be?