That famous comedic quote actually says a lot. The question is are you “getting er done”. Why Not?
I used to think that I was being polite and courteous by putting other people’s needs first. I felt like I was getting the job done. The truth is I was getting their job done. All this did was add stress to my life because I wasn’t getting my job done.
“A Fanatic is a person who redoubles his efforts after forgetting his original aim” George Santayana
One day I woke up and realized I was working herder and harder for someone else’s goals, someone else’s “Aim”.
That morning, I decided to make a change. I started getting my job done first. Work started getting better. I started taking care of my things around the house. My home life got better. Very quickly I learned that by taking care of me and working on my aim first it does two things. First it gives me more time to help others and second it helped other people start being responsible for their aim because they knew I wouldn’t be able to do it for them.
Collectively, we did more.
In baseball, the pitcher can’t catch while he is pitching. He can’t hit at the same time either. In life you can only do one thing at a time. If you stop pitching to catch, who will pitch?
Keep your aim, find more success in less time.