Not all to-do items should be treated with the same level of urgency or respect.
All too often, as creatives and creators, we end up focusing more on appearing busy than stopping to think about what would make the biggest difference in our careers or lives. Because determining high impact actions requires more work than we’re often prepared to do, and besides, it forces us to remain in suspended inaction until we can identify those elusive difference making plans. So, we cling to busyness. Enlightenment can wait.
If we fail to identify the cost of busyness, though, we’ll never realize the benefits of homing in on singular – or at the very least a small handful of – actions that make lesser tasks irrelevant.
Last night, one of my friends called me up and shared that she had been meditating, which gave her the inspiration to act. Only, as she looked at her to-do list with new eyes, she began to realize there was nothing on her list that was going to create major forward momentum in her business let alone breakthrough.
And so often, this is exactly how our to-do lists look – just that we don’t notice.
The cost of busyness isn’t just time wasted on lesser tasks when you could have allocated the same time to more critical ones. It’s loss of opportunity and revenue, increased frustration (because of lackluster results), and most importantly, rising stress levels and a creepy crawl towards burnout boulevard.
But knowingness doesn’t result in action. For example, just because you know how to get in shape (as we all do), doesn’t mean you’re committed to those actions.
And so, we must sit with this issue of high impact actions, because knowledge alone doesn’t result in transformation.
Although this is a much longer conversation, I would argue that a good place to look is in your communication. How are you communicating, and who are you communicating with?
If the answer is “I don’t know” and “not many people,” then is it any wonder new doors aren’t opening in your life?
We need to be more intentional. And our answers to these questions need to be more exact. Because therein lies the secret to our overall effectiveness.
With that, here’s what I created for you this week:
David Andrew Wiebe
I publish daily to inspire creatives and creators just like you.
Here are the posts that went live this week:
- #StrategySunday – May 2, 2021
- Musicians: Stop FISHing
- Transforming Your Ask
- 3 Arbitrary Content Writing Rules That Make No Sense
- Stop Virtue Signaling Perseverance
- If You’re Pursuing Meaning in Life, There’s Something You’re Missing
Music Entrepreneur HQ
At Music Entrepreneur HQ, I give modern music makers the tools and mental models they need to create the life they love through music, something I’ve been up to since 2009.
Here are the posts that went live on Music Entrepreneur HQ this week:
The Indie YYC
The Indie YYC is a creative community dedicated to inspiring local artists in pursuit of independent creativity, independent thought, and independent life.
I host a weekly series called Creative Entrepreneur where I share weekly podcast content to help you find new inspirations and pathways to achieve more creative and practical independence.
Here’s what went live this week:
@ivanna_wendel has been liking quite a few of my tweets as of late. Thank you for engaging!
Random Things I Dig
The new Music Entrepreneur HQ design. It’s a work in progress, but it’s getting easier than ever to find what you’re looking for on the site.
Did you get your copy of The Renegade Musician yet?
I’ve been developing some awesome bonuses to go with it, and plan to improve its design too.
And yes, I might even be making it into a Kindle and paperback!
But it’s never too late or too early to join the ranks of those who now identify as Renegade Musicians.
Will you empower yourself?
Thank you for your creativity and generosity. I’m rooting for you.
P.S. Thanks again for dropping by. I’m currently working on a brand-new book called the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook. This new resource encompasses everything I’ve ever learned about getting more done, plus some amazing insights from the hundreds of entrepreneurs, executives, and artists I’ve interviewed over the years.
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