If you had to make a list of all the things you did today that helped move you closer to your big goals — could you do it?
I don’t mean a list of just anything you did today, I’m talking about a list of well-considered tasks that were strategically executed on purpose in order to help you achieve your objectives in life.
We can all make a general list of the stuff that we had to do today (whether we wanted to or not). You may have even started your day with several of those big goal-achieving tasks on your calendar and had them scheduled to be completed today, but someone tagged you as you walked into the office (you’re it!) to put out a fire before you even had a chance to fill your coffee cup in the breakroom and get to your desk to check email.
It’s really easy for your day to go off the rails when some random emergency pops-up at work (and it’s a convenient excuse to avoid those big scary tasks on your list). What’s difficult is bringing yourself back to the important things to do after the emergency has been dealt with rather than waiting around for another emergency to rear its ugly head (and there’s always another emergency).
Rather than writing an extensive to-list of every single little thing you need to work on today, why not try a much shorter list that contains only the 2 or 3 tasks that are vital to moving you toward your personal goals?
A short more focused list like this will really highlight the fact you’re not prioritizing the things you told yourself were important, and you are instead choosing to work on things that weren’t important enough to make it on your list.
Every day you’re not moving closer to your goals, your goals are moving further away from you.