I started writing this post in the kitchen. I wrote for about five minutes, and then, I tried to write in the living room, sitting on the couch with my MacBook Pro on my lap. I just couldn’t finish what I had started. So, I ended up in my bed, writing the final paragraphs. That’s what I do, when I just can’t get things done. I move, from place to place. I do it because I need inspiration, but most of the time, I do it because I need to get things done.
I Still Can’t Say No
I am still struggling with saying no. I have realized that one of the most important part of being a solopreneur is that I need to say no to the projects that I just can’t do. Many times, it’s not that I don’t want to do them, the fact is that I just can’t. I’m alone, and I need to earn an income, and I need to get results for my clients – every single day. So, if I spend 1 hour in a meeting, or on a project that won’t earn me any money, that means that I need to spend 1 hour extra to earn enough money.
I want to say yes to everything. I really do. I wish I could.
What’s Wrong With Me?
I am not sure what happened. When I was a young kid, I could sit for hours, just staring at whatever I was watching. I could sit for hours and read books. And, I could think about a single detail for days. Now, it’s like I need to do many things at the same time. Sometimes, I feel like all I am doing is multi-tasking all day long.
I understand that when I am multi-tasking, I don’t get as much done as when I am focusing on a single task. It’s not only that I get less done, but the quality of my work is not as good as when I am multi-tasking.
But, multi-tasking is something I’m used to by now. And, I am having a real hard time focusing on one task at a time. It’s like trying to keep my hands away from my iPhone - I’m doing my best, but it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
I Keep Adjusting Things All The Time
I have been using all sorts of systems to help me stay productive, and finally, I’m using OmniFocus to help me stay on top of everything. The system is fantastic. But, what I’ve got, not a single system can cure. When I get out of bed in the morning, I have a list of tasks I should be doing. I am fairly organized, and I know what I should be doing. I know exactly how to do every single task in order to be as productive as possible. But, it’s like my mind is adding extra tasks and removing some of the tasks I’ve already added. I’m looking at my to-do list and I’m thinking; “nah that’s not right, let’s add this and let’s remove that.”
I keep adjusting things all the time. I wish I could just sit down, look at my tasks and projects and just do the work.
Your turn: What are you struggling with?