60% + 30%

That doesn’t equal 90%. And it is so far away from completion.

This shouldn’t be a popular myth but a hard-ugly truth. But I am not quite sure why we fall into this trap so often … including myself.

It is so tempted to split our effort, our focus, our brains to work on multiple things in the same time. Instead of one project, we embrace the (impractical) challenge to do three projects. Instead of two clients, we (unreasonably) push ourselves to serve four at the same time.

Ideas can emerge, work can grow, numbers of clients can increase and multiply by infinity. The things that are fixed are our capacity, time, attention, and energy. Soon we reach the equilibrium point but we don’t stop there. We go further. We do something here and we start something there. We spend two days building this and another day to fix that.

We end up having 10 things running on our hands and nothing get actually done. We have one 60%-completed product and one 30%-completed app. Unfortunately, in this case, 60 plus 30 doesn’t equal 90. And if we are really honest, it should be zero. We are producing no outcome but big burdens.

We get negative productivity doing too many things. We will never get anything done nicely and properly because of our ceaseless desires to do more.

I know now I have made a mistake (again). I know now I have to change myself. I know now I have to stop doing what I am doing and start over with fewer things.

Thinking and writing are the things I like. Sharing is what I love. Because of them, I write everyday to share stories from my thoughts and experiences, from the future I see and believe in. Everything I use to build Inthentic a better home. A home of people who want to do good things and give back. A home that is a small starting point of changes for a better society. I am proud of what I am doing. And even prouder to know that I am not doing it alone.

Thanks for reading. :-)