Three Things You Should Ask Yourself Each Day
It’s 5 am. My alarm is ringing and I’ll be sure to hit the snooze button another 3-4 times before getting up and doing it all over again.
The Weekday Routine
At some point a few years ago my days just seemed to blend in from one to the next. There was nothing different. Sure, the date and weather may be different. But pretty much everything else is fundamentally the same.
I get up, eat the same breakfast, drive the same roads to work, sit in the same office and do the same tasks I was doing the day before. Then, 3.30 rolls around and I’ll take the same roads back home and perform the same nightly routine of dinner, dishes and getting the little one off to bed.
Thankfully something caused my little brain to step back and have a good look at my life’s heading. Maybe it was because I had ticked all of the stereotypical boxes that society gives;
I had fallen in love, purchased a house, gotten married and had a child. What else was there to be working towards?
My exact thoughts when I realised that there was nothing else but retirement to work towards…
Avoid Being Comfortable
I mean no offence to my dad but I had followed in his exact footsteps and was in a career and life path that was “comfortable”.
Being “comfortable” is the worst place to be in a career. It’s not so bad that you’re motivated to quit and not good enough that you’re really happy!
I think now as I’m reflecting that this was the exact time in my life when I knew that something had to change and It wasn’t going to be anyone else but me that made it happen.
So to ensure I never fall into the horrible spiral of comfort and mediocrity I intend to always stop everything I’m doing at sit for at least 5 minutes per day. Some may call this meditation or mindfulness but I feel that those titles come with the suggestion that to stop, sit and concentrate on nothing you have to be some sort of guru.
Ask Yourself Three Questions
When my mind is clear of distractions, or at least clearer than it was before stopping, I ask three simple questions.
1. What’s my goal?
We all have one shot at this life. Why not do something with it? Think BIG and don’t let anyone tell you your goal is unattainable – they’re wrong.
“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” ― Douglas Adams,
2. What is the one thing that I can do today that brings me closer to achieving that goal?
I find it all too easy to become overwhelmed with the distractions of everyday life and the fear of missing out. Better known as FOMO.
But when I try and do everything on my ‘list’ well, I end up doing nothing.
The best way I’ve found to combat this ‘multitasking’ effectiveness block is to look at your to do list and decide what the most important task is. This may not be what is urgent but it’s only when you complete the important tasks that you are able to reach your goals.
“Make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most, everything makes sense. When you don’t know what matters most, anything makes sense.” ― Gary Keller,
3. Who are the most important people in my life and what am I doing for them?
I’ve found gratitude to be on of the best possible things I can show and feel to remind myself when I’m feeling shit, that what I have is pretty damn great . Take a minute every now and then to really think about your life and the people surrounding you. Think about your parents, your spouse, your kids, your friends heck even your pets. A little ‘thanks’ can go a long way.
I’ve found that if I keep these questions in the back of my mind, I make clearer choices that are based on what I want my life to be in the long term, not just for the moment.
QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What do you do to stay on track to achieve your goals? Leave your comments below.
Resources mentioned in this post:
- Read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
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