How do you measure your day? What leaves with you a sense of satisfaction, productivity, accomplishment, or success at the end of a day, week, or year?
I’ve had this long-time habit of measuring mine in tasks and to-do’s. I’d find myself going to bed at night thinking, “Okay, what did I get done today? What did I check off my list? What will I get done tomorrow?” I began to notice that when my husband would come home from work in the evening, and ask me how my day was, I would respond with how I was feeling, and then continue to list off the tasks that I did or did not complete.
“Hey! My day went pretty well! I had X clients, got a killer workout in, did some laundry, picked up some groceries, made a couple of phone calls, stopped by the library, cleaned out my inbox, and now I’m just getting dinner finished.”
Sounds… fulfilling… right?
The problem I began to notice with this mindset was that, while I was doing a lot, most of what I was doing was just busy work. My tasks were just tasks, rather than well directed, focused tasks. I was in a state focused on quantity rather than quality, doing just to be doing, and moving just to be moving. In all my hustling, I was building a ton of stress and wasting a lot of energy…
Energy that I could be using on focused tasks directed towards my goals. Energy for doing what I love. Energy towards putting good things into the world.
And energy making the most, rather than more, of my day.
In an effort to do so, I’m practicing these three mind shifts:
1. Know my intention for the day. For me, this is usually the feeling that I want to feel when the day is done, or the state of mind I want to hold for the day, perhaps peace, giving, focus, or presence.
2. Choosing 1 or 2 of the MOST IMPORTANT tasks for the day, and committing to their completion.
3. Replacing “what did I get done today?” with these three questions:
– “How did I move forward today?”
– “Did I do the best that I could today?”
– “What can I learn from today?”
Try a few of these strategies and questions on for size this week, and let me know what you think!
I’m always here to chat, motivate, question, and LISTEN!
All my best,