Productivity says, ‘Do more, in less time, with less resources.’
Effectiveness says, ‘Get clear on what’s most important, and do that.’
Which voice would you rather listen to?
Aren’t you tired of always chasing the next task on your to-do list, never quite getting ahead of it all or finding the space for the tasks you really want to do? You know the ones I mean: those creative and meaningful projects that stir your heart and sit dormant on your wish-list; the ones you day-dream about, sigh, and tell yourself, ‘One day, when…’.
Productivity is fine, important even, but on its own it won’t make you effective and fulfilled. Which is want we all want, right?
Here’s a little activity I’ve started doing this new year, which is helping me to focus on the one thing each day that really matters, as well as increase my awareness of the moments in life that make me happy.*
At the beginning of each day, in a little pink notebook, I write down the one task or objective that would equal success for that day. This is the one thing that, if I manage it, I know I’ve won for the day and the everything else is a bonus.
Then, at the end of each day, I jot down a moment or two that made me happy. What made me smile, laugh, feel light and free? The idea is that being aware of these moments will help me to be intentional about building more of them into my days. I don’t know about you, but I can get very focussed on performance and task, and forget to lighten up and enjoy the journey. Happiness is not fluff; our effectiveness depends on it. Joy strengthens us for the journey.
I recommend you try this too! And when you do, I’d love to hear how it goes for you. Just pop me a note by email, or in the comments section below. And please remember to share this post with anyone you think it might benefit.
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Here’s to a wildly effective AND fulfilled 2016!
* Thank you to Chris Guillebeau for the inspiration for this idea. You can read more on his blog, The Art of Non-Conformity.