Running around like a chicken on fire greased with Tabasco is actually the easier thing.
The harder thing is to freeze, not do anything and have a Zen moment.
But the Zen moments are quintessentially important.
Piling on more miles with that burning chicken makes you feel like youâ€™re getting places, touching base, getting things done. Itâ€™s medal to the metal efficiency.
But itâ€™s the Zen moments that tell you if youâ€™re running in the right direction. In the Zen moments you get to think. Youâ€™re looking at the map. And you might just dare to change course as a result.
To stretch a seriously cuckoo metaphor further, Fire Chickens run faster, further, while carrying more and more on their shoulders. Zen Chickens pack light, carry a compass and have a map marked with the destination.
â€œProductivityâ€ isnâ€™t about about making more widgets per hour or being efficient and organized for its own anal-retentive sake. Real productivity means getting faster at moving the crap off your desk so you can have room to focus on the creative work that only you can do.