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Now or Never!

Since had the chance to read the book “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen, I made a mistake that hold the concept to put all things “Next”. However, such “next” did give a relief from facing with too much things at the same time but also make a illusion that I am very safe to do the “Next”s. Therefore, the “Next”s never come to me until very close to deadline. I wanted to travel a lot, I wanted to learn a third language, I wanted to have an experience in shooting, I wanted to go to flying courses, I wanted….. All beautiful things but had hardly been realized!

Memory goes back to the time when graduating from college and needed to choose whether go work or overseas study. The most frequent word we use to encourage each other is “Now Or Never”. So does everything else. Plan now, do it now! Should really get out of the comfort zone by not creating myself a “next” zone!nike-1023x8451

Just do it with small steps and get further to reach perfection

When learning things from book, you get confused. Reading the book of “The New Psycho-Cybernetics” and other similar theories, it stress the importance of viewing everything in detail before you get started and get fully prepared. But when you really do it, you could never get started because you could never get everything into consideration into every detail. This expectation for perfection cause a problem of procrastinating for me, then.

It seems I would have a lot of things in mind, but it turn out to be too short to be passage. I expect to be astonishing  for the first draft but every time it turned out to just meet the deadline and basic requirements.  Every time I regret and swear I would never start so late under the pressure of  deadline, I still start late next time. There seems to be no productivity even I start early but deadline be the most incentive to improve productivity.

Suffering so much through these repetitive pressure and rescue and pressure agin, I figure out the ultimate barrier is the notion that I ask myself to do things perfect at the first time and one shot.

To get rid of this, I change the view to get started with small step and just do it to get further development toward perfection during the process with several draft review. This would be a reminder every time I would hesitate to postpone tasks  into “later on”.

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Continuous effort, meaning of this blog to me and Thank Pro. Evans

    While setting up this blog is an assignment from Professor Evans, which assignment I would be totally not qualified to requirement, I should still appreciate this pressure during the process. 

    Caring more on how to do and seeking for way of standing in those “Philosophy” topics, I know the most important different aspect in me with US culture lies in “Action”. Some people say, when Chinese friends get together, they would talk about “what is the meaning of life, who do yo get connected, who would be in charge and who has more power”, while when Americans talk over sports, travel, life experience and what happened to friends. That has been summarized as Chinese care about connection but Americans are more into life itself on the details. I don’t believe this could just category Chinese and Americans into such two dimensions but the notion really describe me. 

    The most important impact that overseas life throw on me is recognizing the beauty and necessity to live life on the ground and into detail. Get more than asking about what life means to you and knows what the world is, to live the life in every detail in action, such as learning a traveling, hiking or just watching a sport. There should not always be something gained from a “thing”. Accomplishment or purpose, had been alway asked by myself before doing something, which leads to take life into all parts as “projects”. For example, I would work heavily on preparing for an assignment or exam within two or three days just to live up to the assignment itself. Actually, that is what life has been for me, everything academic with which I could just spend a few days to handle well, treating life as a line of separate projects.

   However, at the stage of getting independent really on my own. I should notice the biggest necessity is to change that notion to view it as continuous efforts contributes to life success. Short time ago, assignments are just allocated burden on me while now I feel to find the real passion and value in what I spend time in.  To connect what the theory with what it really relate to the practical world. 

   Just like this blog, was supposed to post every week but still procrastinate until the every deadline even though a lot of ideas came to me during the semester. But I am determined to use this blog as a tool to build the new habit of continuous work within the 21 days and keep the good habit for lifelong!

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Only A.C.T that makes a difference

The reason I set up a category named “GTD” is a promise and reminder for myself to act right now instead of overwhelming thoughts.  Was afraid of never getting well-prepared and fear to face failure. Unfortunately, that leads to a very bad habit of procrastinating for me. Having looked into psychological reason and ways to cheer myself up, finally I found the best and only way to deal with lack of action intention is to act immediately. Step by step, thoughts will never be only intangible ideas. At the same time, it could be more relaxing with feeling of take control of life. yes, you did it IMG_2925

Creation for this blog

As a step out-towards, this is a blog built in course of Professor Evan’s online marketing. However, it is more than an assignment for me which is a phycological change that I promise myself to express myself in public, to cultivate and challenge courage, confidence, GTD (get thing done).