If you are like me you need more time and energy to sustain all the wonderful projects and relationships in your life. Until recently my own linear thinking had me believing the conventional wisdom that time and energy are finite. Neither assumption is true. Let me explain.
Recently while loading up our bread maker (We don’t eat store bought bread anymore but that’s another blog post), I was listening/watching Tim Ferriss’ Random Episode 8 – 2010 Resolutions with Kevin Rose and Tim Ferriss.
They ramble on, talk about this and that and drink good red wine. It is entertaining. Then, at minute 29, I listened, paused, backed up, listened again, paused, backed up, listened and wrote this down.
What is the one constraint that if removed would make me 5, 10, 15 or even 20 times more productive? -Tim Ferriss
Next, I remembered that while earning my MBA many years ago I was required to read The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt. Mr. Goldratt presents his Theory of Constraints (a complex business concept) by telling a story written like a Novel. The Goal is an easy read and when I find my copy (or buy a new one) I plan to re-read it.
Traditional thinking will get you traditional results. If you want new, unheard of and unexpected results, remove constraints on your thinking so you can enter the world of “what you don’t know you don’t know.” When you become comfortable thinking outside what you now view as your comfort zone, your thinking will go radical.
Radical thinking is determined in your own mind. You need to get out of your own way and make what now seem like impossible decisions. The strategy above is about freeing up your time so that you can think radically whenever and wherever you choose. I have done this and the amount of time and energy I am gaining each day is nothing short of amazing.
Action Item: On a quiet morning grab a cup of coffee and a blank sheet of paper. Write a list of ten things you would stop doing “if you could.” I does not matter how impossible it seems to stop doing these things right now, just keep writing until you have all ten. Put the list away. In seven days come back to the list with a fresh cup of coffee and another quiet moment. Trust me, at least one of your previously impossible to get rid of items will already be gone from your life. Now, go find a cup of coffee and a quiet place, what have you got to lose?