Are You Working on What Matters?

You have many ways to spend your time. You might work, have fun at sports or hobbies, spend time with family. How do you choose?

I choose to spend my time on different kinds of “work” depending on who I am focusing on at the moment:

  • I write and publish books to help many people solve problems.
  • I develop and deliver workshops and keynotes/talks for some people to solve problems.
  • I develop coaching services for clients so they can solve problems.
  • I read for work.
  • I read for pleasure.
  • I spend time with family and friends because it supports my soul.

I also maintain my website, write newsletters, and perform myriad other tasks to manage my business and life.

I often ask these questions:

  • Does this work matter?
  • Do I want to do this work?
  • Am I the right person to do this work?
  • Is this the most important work right now?

These questions go to your purpose. Since I know my purpose in life, I can make decisions pretty easily. If I don’t know about this work, chances are good it’s not the right work, or I’m not the right person for it. (There’s a reason I don’t have a separate newsletter page for this site. I’m not going to do it, and I haven’t yet hired someone to do it for me. It’s not the most important work right now for me.)

I often meet people who are stuck in a spiral: they have too much work to do. They start a bunch of things and don’t finish enough. Because they don’t finish enough, they have more work to do. They don’t feel energized by their work, so they don’t want to do it. That causes them to not finish enough work. Eventually, they either leave that job, have a nervous breakdown, sell the house (if it’s too much work around the house), or give up.

You can stop this spiral by selecting work you can do, should do, and want to do. We all make choices about how we live and work. Are you making conscious choices?

The last couple of months, I’ve been writing books, developing and delivering new workshops, developing and delivering new keynotes, and learning how to write fiction. I’ve been busy.

And, every single day, I make choices about what I need to do. This way, I am always working on what matters most.

It’s not easy to do this, day in and day out. And, making these choices helps me achieve the goals I have.

Consider your decisions. Are you working on the most important work for you, right now?

Dear adaptable problem solvers, that is the question this week: Are you working on what matters?

2 thoughts on “Are You Working on What Matters?

  1. Nick Xidis

    My answer and my company’s answer to that question are not in alignment. Likely means it’s time for a change.

    1. johanna Post author

      Nick, you might be right. You also might want to check to see if they understand the decisions they are making (or not making). Sometimes, the project portfolio is a mess, which is why they make what appear to be not-so-smart decisions. In that case, they have many options.

      If, however, they are doing what matters to them, and it’s not what matters to you, it might be time to change where you work. There is a saying, “Change your company, or change your company.”

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