Day 4 – Why

“You’re doing it wrong.”

But at least you’re doing it.
Once you’re doing it, you have a chance to do it better.
Waiting for perfect means not starting.
– Seth Godin

I absolutely adore Seth Godin. I love his writing, his style, his sense of self, his confidence. And I love how he encourages all day long to begin and try rather than sit and wait for perfection.

Re-reading my day 1 entry we talked about the definition of productivity but not the WHY – I wish we’d started there – but we didn’t and so we’re going to tackle it today.


WHY do you want to be more productive – and where in your life?

Your WHY will be unique to you. Don’t feel like you have to have the traditional/common answers.

You might be rolling your eyes about right now. Why wouldn’t someone want to be productive?

I ask about your WHY because we all have different WHYs.

The truth, for me, is that I’ll never be productive enough until I FINALLY 🙄internalize that I’m good enough. So when I start becoming frenetic about productivity it’s usually the result of some other area of my life that I’m feeling inadequate in. For instance, have you ever found yourself cleaning out closets because you’re mad at your husband or worried about a teenager? Your motive (why) isn’t necessarily about clean closets. For me, it’s gaining control in one area to compensate for the area of no control.

I bring this up because making a behavioral change is hard work. It takes commitment and perseverance. But it can be done. You can be more productive and less frenetic. The October motivation quote in my planner says “Motivation is what gets you started. Commitment is what keeps you going.”

My dream is that everyone around me feels successful in their days…not that we all meet some standard defined for us by someone else.


Your homework today (in the journal I wish I would have mentioned day 1 😂) is similar to day one.

You have your lists:
Everything currently filling my days
What you should be could be doing but currently not
What you wish you could do if you had more time.

I want you to take some time today to think about WHY you’re wanting to make changes – and then write it down at the top of your journal page each day during this 30 days.

Homework recap
Day 1: Write your lists (see above)
Day 2: How much time are you spending on other people’s propaganda (social media, email, etc.)
Day 3: What are your big rocks – your big priorities
Day 4 Today: Think about your WHY (I love to hear from you about this 💙)

See ya tomorrow.

Donna Matthews | Slay The Chaos

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Donna Matthews

Donna is a passionate soul eager to help others clear the chaos from their minds, souls, and homes with keep it simple, real life, productivity and organizational solutions.