Getting a lot of things done in the little time you have can certainly give you a sense of accomplishment, but just doing a few things really well can make you feel a lot better.
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Chris Guillebeau over at Psychology Today has discovered that efficiency can be really overrated and finding an adventure really where you're better off. The article is written about travel but is nonetheless very applicable to your career and your life in general:
First, think about what excites you and what challenges you. Is there something you wanted to do when you were younger, but decided to do something "more practical" instead? If time and money were no object, what would you do tomorrow, next week, and next year?
Of course, money is relevant — especially these days — so you can't just do whatever you'd like at the drop of the hat. You can work towards positive change, however. If you want to make a career change, for example, I think it's important to start doing two things slowly: saving your money and building self-esteem.
Saving money can be the easier of the two, since you can just shave a little off your pay cheque and put it into a bank account until you've got what you need, but building self-esteem doesn't have to be hard either. The easiest way to build self-esteem and confidence is to take on tasks you don't know you can accomplish and accomplish them. You'll fail sometimes, of course, but you just keep on going. Start with small things and work your way up. Then, when you have a decent savings account and enough confidence it'll be easier to embrace change.
In learning to embrace change, we create the possibility of adventure. Part of adventure involves letting go of the attempt to live the most optimal life. Instead, do whatever you can to live the most meaningful life.
The Agenda, Part IV: Efficiency Is Overrated [Psychology Today]