Go Big or Go Home: A Study in Effort
As fast paced as life can be, a lot of us are guilty at spreading ourselves too thin.
We start things we never finish, and we focus our efforts on futile and useless endeavors.
The old cliché “go big or go home” doesn’t just apply to extreme athletes and college parties, it’s actually a pretty good practice to focusing your efforts on things that lead to a fulfilled life.
Energy is Finite
Despite what you might think, or what energy drink companies tell you, energy is a finite resource. Think of energy like currency. Every day you have a certain amount of energy “credits” to spend throughout the day. When they are gone, they are gone. No refills. When you consider energy as a currency, all of the sudden it is tangible. Using energy wisely is like spending money wisely, and you’ll begin to see that your productivity skyrockets.
On the flip-side of that thought is the fact that you don’t get bonus points for saving your energies at the end of the day. Unlike money, you can’t carry energy over forever. Sure, taking a day to relax and recharge is beneficial for the next day. At some point, though, there is a point of diminishing returns. Taking a month to recharge isn’t in anyway better than taking a day. It just means you wasted 29 days of your life not doing something you could have done.
Focusing your energies on the things that matter in your life is the best way to use it efficiently. This isn’t just a simple matter of productivity, but more a refining of the things that require your time and effort. Life is all about effort, you get out of it what you put in. If you are focusing your efforts on things like drama with co-workers or arguing with people, you get nothing out of it. Focusing your efforts instead on things like working out or dieting, as an example, lead to real benefits. Learning new things is great, but wasting time and energy on some new endeavor takes away from doing the things that you are already good at.
Finish What You Started
I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to starting a dozen projects and finishing 2. Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Pick a task, focus on it, and finish it. too may times in life we overload ourselves with things to do, and instead of doing a few things right, we half-ass finish a collection of things. The personal rewards for finishing a project are just as tangible as the actual results. Managing your efforts to complete project is just as important as whatever it is that you are doing.