“Well, when you are really involved in this completely engaging process of creating something new, as this man is, he doesn’t have enough attention left over to monitor how his body feels, or his problems at home. He can’t feel event that he is hungry or tired. His body disappears, like none of us do, to really do well something that requires a lot of concentration, and at the same time to feel that he exists.”
– Excerpt from transcript of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s TED Talk
I didn’t find much value in this phrase when I was younger. Maybe it was because I was that much of a workaholic (my sister calls it “being extra”) that I thought the way that I lived back then was the balance because of all that I expected of myself. If I wasn’t doing schoolwork, I’d be doing volunteer work, or taking freelance projects, or doing work for my part-time job. There wasn’t much room for anything else and I kept that momentum up until a year or two after I started working.
Recently, I’ve been more and more aware of how mindful actions affect your daily output. About how your relationships turn out, how you’re happy with the work you did at the end of the day, and how you think about yourself.
I’ve been listening to the Optimal Living Daily podcast these last few weeks which I’ve become a huge fan of, and I noticed that some blogposts that talk about “productivity tools” recommend a lot of tools for the different tasks that you have to deal with on the day-to-day. Though I understand that they do that to give the reader more options to choose from, I don’t agree that one person should be using all of it at the same time.