We all have to do lists. And those lists act as a prompt for us to prioritise what needs to be done each day, each week, each month. Lists are great tools for productivity, but they don’t address the why behind the tasks you write on them. Every Wednesday I like to prompt people to ask themselves why they are doing that particular task. I call it Why Wednesday. The reason I do this is because I want you to really think about whether what you are doing is actually getting you closer to your goals. If it is, great. If it isn’t, why are you doing it? Yes, I know all about procrastinating and how anything – even the washing up or the latest Facebook game – can suddenly seem vitally important to complete before you get to that big task that you’ve been avoiding.
But you have to ask yourself if everything you’re doing while you’re procrastinating contributes to the bigger goal. Sure you’ll have clean dishes, but do the clean dishes get you closer to the goal?
Goal setting is important for every business owner. And it’s vital that we set goals that will challenge and stretch us. Otherwise, what’s the point, right? But, sometimes the big goal can be so big that it’s daunting. This is where tools like the Goal Board come into play. I love this idea of having something that will ensure you make your dreams happen. Once you have set the big goal, break it down into chunks of activity to be completed each month, week and day. These smaller tasks are all part of the bigger goal, but they are much more manageable and, therefore, easier to do. And when next Why Wednesday rolls around and you’re working on your to do list, you can very confidently answer ‘yes’ to the question ‘why are you doing that task?’ So tell me, is what you’re working on contributing to your goals?