Busy-ness, when not directed towards your mission and purpose in a waste of time!
Rushing around doing stuff, while it may seem important at the time, puts you on a treadmill which doesn’t progress you further professionally or personally.
A Harvard Business Review article once said “Beware the Busy Manager”, only 10 per cent of managers actually move the company forward, many are spinning their wheels and not progressing forward.
You need to be acting with purpose. It doesn’t matter if you are a manager, a secretary, an entrepreneur or a stay at home parent; it is the purpose behind your actions which creates progress.
A friend of mine said to me a couple weeks ago ‘I am surprised by how much you get done with your time’. I was quite taken aback by the comment because I sometimes feel like I am doing ‘stuff’.
Afterwards I thought a lot about what she said and I realised that ‘yeah, I do get quite a bit done and I am really happy’.
The difference is purpose and intent. My personal life mission is so embedded in my sub-conscious that even when I feel like I am ‘fluffing’ my actions are all moving me forward and supporting my mission.
Many companies will have a mission statement but how often do we sit down and create our own mission statement for our life?
To get more from your time and be truly effective I encourage you to sit and reflect and think about what your life mission is.
Your mission statement should be short. You should be able to say it with one long out breath. And it should embody who you want to be.
To be truly seen.
To give and receive love freely.
To be inspired and inspire others.
What is your mission?
Dr Sharp said from the Happiness Institute said that the people who are clearer about their purpose and direction, and those who are more able to stay focused, find they have more energy to do what they want to do and therefore, tend to be happier and more successful.
He has also set out these 5 questions which might help you to define your purpose and direction.
- What are you really passionate about?
- What’s most meaningful to you?
- For what would you like to be known?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- What would you like your legacy to be?
I hope you enjoy the process. Some time spent reflecting and thinking about your life will save you a whole lot of time in the future.