What do clarity and productivity have to do with each other?
Are you clear on your life goals and values? Do the tasks on your to-do list support these goals? Or are you just doing things without really thinking about them?
It’s ok if you haven’t thought about it much. But let’s take a few minutes to do just that. If you’re only doing things on your list because they are there, without thinking about how the tasks fit in the larger plans of your life, then you are simply busy. Not productive.
And that’s no way to live.
Taking time to think about where you want to be in several years, or even six months ensures that what’s on your to-do list supports these plans.
It motivates you when you don’t want to do something on your list. It helps you clarify the next step.
If you know that you want to play tag with your kids or hike all summer, then taking a walk or exercising in the depths of winter is something that is on your list. You might not want to do it today, but you know your future self will thank you.
If you are looking for a promotion at work or to grow your client base, then make sure the small steps you take today support that goal. It might mean a conversation with your supervisor or a business coach to understand those steps. It might mean stepping out of your comfort zone. Again, that clarity guides you.
That clarity guides you when you lack the motivation to do anything. Maybe you’re tired. The weather is crummy and you want to curl up on the couch and watch a movie. Maybe the weather is nice and you want to go play outside.
When you’ve done the work to clarify your values and where you are headed, you have clarity around today’s tasks. You know what needs to be done and you can take those next steps.
And when those tasks are small, you almost have no excuse to not tackle them!
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