Have you read or maybe you’ve seen the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey? I originally read it back in my 20s and it transformed the way I looked at productivity.
The biggest takeaway then was the Keep the End in Mind. An example is the infamous “what do you want people to say about you at your funeral?” If you want to be remembered as a kind, loving, generous person but you aren’t willing to practice that behavior today then chances are you won’t be remembered as such.
Humans have this quirky habit of seeing themselves as one way and acting another. We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions.
And what does this have to do with productivity?
All of us can be productive. All of us can accomplish a set of tasks when we put our mind to it. BUT, are we accomplishing the BEST SET of tasks?
I can clean a house like no one else – I’ll be busy all day and present a fine piece of work. But was I productive on the things that mattered most to me? Do I want to be remembered for my mad cleaning skills or do I want to be remembered for something else?
* However, sometimes having a clean house is good for the soul…so go for it when needed.
Today we are going to start thinking about our mission statement – except mission statement sounds too business-y so we’ll call it our manifesto. This shouldn’t be rushed but without focus, it could also be lost in procrastination land so we’re gonna break it down and focus on parts of it over the next couple of days.
Grab your journal – and if you don’t have a journal yet (my go-to right now) find a simple notebook or piece of paper. The action is more important than the perfect tool.
Today you’ll simply envision your funeral – how do you want to be remembered? Not just your personality but also accomplishments. What are your values? What are some of the most important things to you? And no censoring – no one is looking at your journal and this isn’t a test. Swallow the fear and insecurity and just do it.
You can’t TRY to do things, you must simply DO them. – Ray Bradbury
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