Dr. Tae Yun Kim talks about "Your Thoughts Create Your Reality" all the time. The quality of my actions are a direct result of the quality of my thoughts. I was thinking about this as I was having a particularly challenging day. There were too many competing priorities, not enough time to do them, and they all needed to be completed yesterday - one of those kinds of days. I found myself jumping from one task to another, not ever completing anything fully, but definitely doing work on each one.
This is similar to our Jung SuWon training where one student will spar against multiple students. Say there are 3 people kicking at me at the same time. Logically, it makes sense to focus on taking out one person at a time, while still defending myself from the other two; I need to make the odds better for me. But, if I kick one attacker, then the next, then the next, I really haven't accomplished anything. All 3 are still there attacking me! Had I delivered the exact same 3 kicks all to one attacker, then I'd likely only have two attackers to deal with. Same effort, more favorable results.
This applies in my daily life: I need to knock out tasks completely, not touch each one a little bit and then move on. I don't get anything accomplished and my To-Do list remains the same as it was at the beginning of the day.
I found just the simple action of writing my tasks down really helps me focus. Even if I do the exact same thing every day, writing it down makes me feel calmer. A methodical approach works very well for me. Plus, I really enjoy crossing things off of my list! (I'm guilty of doing something, then writing it on my list only to be able to cross it off). It's almost like a secret weapon. It really demonstrated to me that when I had all those tasks bouncing around in my head, my actions were just as scattered. I just couldn't get anything done and at the end of the day, I blamed the busyness I felt on things that were out of my control. In actuality, I didn't execute well. The same effort, applied differently, could have made my day very successful.
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