Who says they can just “wing it” when it comes to getting things done? Typically someone who is underachieving. I had my wings clipped many years ago. If you are like me, you are busy. I heard Dan Hayes of the Simple Life Together Podcast (SLT) say “Busy is the New ‘I’m fine’”. People wear busy as a badge of honor. Busy without purpose and focus is just a waste of time. I don’t know about you, but if I’m not going to be productive, I’d much rather do it on the couch than running around in circles.
How do we avoid being busy without accomplishing anything or more likely, busy while accomplishing “little”? Clip your wings! Planning with a purpose, being intentional with and an end in mind changes the nature of your activity beyond filling the day to “feel accomplished” to actually accomplishing things. Often, a productive day is a shorter day since you move with purpose from one task to the other without wasting time. Productivity Gurus David Allen (GTD) and the late Steven Covey (7 habits), talk about goals and objectives. Take time to plan. If you aren’t a “planner”, start small. Here’s a list of 3 things to start with:
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1. Define your Goals: From spring break travel, to organizing the garage for spring, to building a business or planning your retirement, start with the end in mind. Most people don’t even get this far. Defining your goals will give you a tangle and “clean” target to work toward.
2. Build your Plan: Creating a simple plan to intentionally achieve some or all of your goals gives you a road map. Have you ever been driving on a road toward a new destination not sure if you should be going North or South. The anxiety is torturous. Once I decide to hit the Onstar button for directions, even if I’ve been going the wrong direction, I get back on track and feel great. Why? Because I know that I am on the path to my destination.
3. Execute: There are people who plan but don’t follow through, and there are people who do things but have no plan or direction, and finally there are a group of successful people who do both. Planning without execution is only a dream. Create a plan that is realistic and fits your season in life. Check in periodically to make adjustments and don’t beat yourself up if you’re not 100% on target. Keep on Keeping on!
These 3 steps are the foundation to clipping your wings and living intentionally with purpose. How will you start today to live with purpose and intentionality?