At the time of writing this email, I was sitting on a train from Amsterdam to Berlin. It’s a 6-hour ride through some beautiful Dutch and German landscape. But nevertheless, it’s not very eventful and entertaining. Now, I could’ve slept, but that’s not very much like me. I already read a ton and had enough for at least the day. What’s there to do? You literally have to invent things to do.
So, in this case, I had to invent things to do to pass time. But it got me thinking about the school year when my primary focus is studying. That’s when I mustn’t invent extra things to avoid schoolwork. But that’s exactly when an infinite amount of ideas surface from the unknown.
So the question to ask myself is:
Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important?
This is one of the productivity rules in The 4 Hour Workweek.
When we have important things to do on our schedule and don’t feel like doing them, we invent a ton of extra stuff to do. Right at the moment when we shouldn’t.
I don’t know the exact answer to avoid these thoughts. But what I can offer you is this:
Set a reminder 3 times per day (for example 10 AM, 3 PM and 8 PM) with this exact question: “Am I inventing things to do to avoid the important?”
You don’t avoid such thinking, but you can detect it and thus control it.
It has been working for me, so you should give it a try.
This email’s first draft was handwritten since I don’t have a computer with me. How did I do? Better? Worse? Thoughts? Tell me by replying.