A lot of people claim the key to getting things done is managing your time. And I agree.
But that’s a really short-sighted approach. What if you want to do more than just get things done?
If you want to have impact and do Great Work, then you need to move beyond just “getting things done.”
So, instead of just managing your time, I think the highest leverage thing you can do is manage your intention. What are you focused on right now?
Are you enthusiastic or lackluster?
You can do something to get things done. Or you can do something because it furthers a bigger vision. When you keep your vision in mind, you have context. You’re focused on the reason why you’re doing it in the first place.
Just getting things done is a meaningless pursuit. After all, there will always be more things to “get done” (you only stop getting things done when you’re dead). But, when you’re fueled by a purpose that stays in the forefront of your consciousness (like a mental tattoo), that’s when your actions move into another plane of impact.
You create change, and stop just checking things off a list.
You build a legacy, and stop getting sucked into the minutiae.
You have a sense of meaning, rather than a disjointed series of tasks.
So, my challenge to you is this: Today, instead of focusing on your list, focus on your intention, purpose and reason why. Then sit back and see what happens.
I think you’ll be blown away.