I had to read this quote a few times through to actually understand what it meant. Nathan emailed me an article, The Ultimate Productivity Cheat Sheet by Zdravco Cvijetic, a few days ago and since I read it, I feel like I have been hyper-aware of how I spend my time. The article focuses on three areas: Assessing how you spend your time, Getting more time, and Using time efficiently.
If you know me well at all, you will know that I am the queen of productivity. I’m always doing something and crossing it off my list. I plan any outing to make sure that my route is the fastest and that all of my stops will be in order. When I’m cooking dinner, I focus on which items to cook first and how to make sure that everything is completed at relatively the same time. I listen to audiobooks, because otherwise I know that I will never be able to read all the books that I want to read. But really, this article brought something to the forefront that I really and truly struggle with and caused me to ask a really hard question of myself:
How many of my productive hours are spent working towards the goals that I have?
When I ask myself that question, I have to say that I’m not really sure. I’m very busy a majority of the time and I focus on accomplishing tasks, but I’m not sure how much of that time spent accomplishing tasks is pushing me closer to my goals.
I feel like this article really connects well with my three words for 2017. It’s all well and good to be disciplined, but how do I make sure that I’m being disciplined so that I’m meeting my goals? How do I make sure that the person that I want to become is a reality, and not an apparition of what could have been?
After reading the article, here’s what I’ve decided to do this week in order to make sure that I’m working towards meeting my goals.
- Document how I’m actually using my time for a week.
- Set personal goals as well as work with Nathan to set family goals.
- Identify time sucks that don’t push me towards meeting those goals.
This is just the beginning. I feel like as an already pretty efficient person, the key for me is going to be choosing how I spend my time to connect that use with the person that I want to become. I have to eliminate busyness for busyness sake and be conscientious.
How do you make sure that you are meeting your goals?