In a fast changing world it is easy to get caught in the demands for action, urgency and striving. We then end up evaluating ourselves daily on how much needs doing, producing and achieving.
We are intoxicated by 24 hour news, constant feeds, screens with ‘breaking news’ alerts, flashing ads and endless updates on social media all of which incite us to be busy and constantly on.
While taking action is great on many levels, but taking action that only incites us to live desperately for the future and never be content, left unchecked can get us caught up with never ending to-do lists, goals, resolutions, ‘shoulds’, ‘oughts’ and ‘musts’. With such a high priority on getting everything done, we scurry everywhere doing a lot but feeling exhausted and unsatisfied.
Socrates wrote wisely; “Beware the barrenness of a busy life”.
However, we tend to be more satisfied (and happier) when our actions are grounded in a sense of purpose that are aligned to our values. That is, knowing and doing what matters.
When we do the things that are aligned to what matters most to us, things are more likely to be in flow. That’s because the busy(ness) is rooted in meaning. Whether we are running a household, a team, or a business, taking time to reflect on what’s important is an effective habit.
As championed by Stephen Covey who was an American educator on self-leadership and wrote the best seller ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ that the key is not to prioritise what’s on our schedule but to schedule our priorities. That is, scheduling in (your life) the things that are important first.
Here is my point; when things in life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day looks like not being enough and things are no longer flowing, that’s precisely when we need to stop, check in with ourselves and pay disciplined attention to the things that matter . That’s because knowing what matters in life (and business) informs us what path to follow, when to follow and whom to follow providing clarity, direction and keeps us focused towards our desired outcome(s).
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