Yes, we should!
One of the 7 habits of highly effective people is….Start with the end in Mind. Start with the answer.
Do I have an end in mind for tidWOWs? Yes I do. My aim is to provide you with tools, advice, coaching and content around productivity and personal development. I do that whilst still having my day job. However, I spend about 3 hours commuting each day, and I am very productive. I write articles all the time, so writing about something I enjoy for people to gain from, is a pleasure. It isn’t work or a task.
I ended the last post about trusted systems and processes. About trusted places where you put things so you find them easier later on. That is about order in your cupboards, wardrobes, how you store your food in the fridge to how you have a trusted place for your thoughts. As with everything in life, you have something you work towards to. A project, a career move, a new job, a pay rise, a holiday (of a lifetime), a trip, a new hobby, a routine.
Whatever it is, you already know it. You have this picture in your mind what it looks like, you might have a sound or smell associated with it? The beach in Thailand you will be holidaying on, or the new TV you buy with the pay rise. Whatever it is, make it something to really go for. A really big, colourful picture, a goal! Visualise it. Put it on your wall or on your desktop or your phone and look at it, remind yourself that is why you get up in the morning.
You want to develop a passion for this “item”. You want to live for this item.
Now, with this end in mind, have a look what you need to do to achieve it. What steps do you have to take to achieve that goal? Steeping stones. What does it take to make things happen?
And you will realise that you will break things down in smaller tasks. Into small little todos. Tiny todos. From needing to remember to get a vaccine for the holiday, the passport renewal, the toothbrush, the sun screen, …..
And did you ever try to keep that all in your brain. To keep this all totally stored in your brain whilst still concentrating on your day job, going shopping or playing football.
That is where a trusted system comes in. A todo list that you can put things into, by category even.
Todo list holidays:
Todo list shopping:
Todo when out and about:
– check on latest magazines
– pick up firing wood
Todo when offline (plane for instance):
– read latest paper on productivity
– answer the emails in my inbox and clear up
– do expense report
Todo when at home
– repair cupboard door in kitchen
– door stopper garage
As you can see, a todo list is a trusted system. For all your notes, for all your todos, categorised by location or by project or both. It keeps your brain clear for its main task: thinking.
So it isn’t only important for you to know where you hang your keys or where you are putting your loose change, it is also important for you to have a system to organise your thoughts and todos. As otherwise you will forget things. And the more important something is, e.g. getting back to a client or remembering someone’s 50th birthday, the worse are the consequences of forgetting it.
Hence begin with the end in mind, then break it down to tasks you putting into your trusted system.
Does that make sense?
Do you have a trusted system?
Let me know of your experience.
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