You are an effective and driven person. You have accomplished a few things in your life: good income, material comfort, investments, and life goals related to benefiting other people, but you find yourself in a situation where you don't get a lot finished. You plan and work hard on executing those plans, yet you end up not making significant progress. If this is you, trust me, you are not alone.
Well, if you are like me, you end up juggling a couple of projects at the same time. In addition to that, you are on the board of a couple of local organizations or initiatives (case this is the way to give back to the community, right?). And slowly but surely you find yourself confused about your priorities mistaking your process goals for final goals.
It is time to update our personal firmware. And the most current version of it is called the essentialism mindset.
We all hear the term "minimalism" and that "less is [somehow] more". Wait, is it? Having less tools does not make you a better mechanic. On the other side, having the right tool at the right time does. Do you see a huge difference between these two approaches? One of them is promoting focus and effectiveness while the other is just a half-baked idea.
Too many choices result in a lack of clarity, diffused efforts, and slow progress in multiple directions. We get overloaded, overworked, and yet underutilized. Our family misses us and our employees think we don't spend enough time communicating with them. And all this happens while we feel "busy" and exhausted.
Here is what the process of weeding out non-essential priorities looks like:
A smaller number of essential priorities and a user-centered approach will inevitably convert into a higher-quality of your product. And this is the whole point of this exercise! Focusing on only the essential priorities should inevitably increase the quality of the end result. The key word here is quality.
Just remember two things:
Maybe, this is what's been preventing you to be more effective and have more meaning in life.
Now, let's go and get something done!
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