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The 80/20 of productivity is your routine.
Your routine, and therefore your daily habits, will largely determine what you ultimately accomplish.Your routine, and therefore your daily habits, will largely determine what you ultimately accomplish. Click To Tweet
But at times, even a routine built around your key tasks can feel aimless and meandering. You can still end a day feeling like you didn’t accomplish anything of especial importance.
Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela said:
Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, and vision with action can change the world.
To put it simply, if you don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, and what you’re ultimately working towards, you’re either dreaming or just passing time.
Much has been said about action, but when there is no point to the action, it doesn’t accomplish anything.
That’s why we need to set anchors in our routines.
Some entrepreneurs employ the Pomodoro Technique and work in 25-minute spurts followed by short breaks.
Others stop every hour, review what they’ve been working on, and ask themselves whether what they’ve been working on is building their vision.
I spend every Sunday planning my week and thinking about whether what I’m doing is bringing me closer to my vision.
There aren’t any one size fits all anchors. You could meditate, go for a walk, take a shower, go for a drive, read a book, or otherwise. You could even spend time in your journal reflecting if that’s where you do your best thinking. It mostly depends on what works for you.
There is one rule, though – your anchors aren’t anchors unless you set them consistently.
They don’t necessarily need to occur at the same time. But you need to keep these appointments. Otherwise, you will lose sight of your direction and get carried off course by the tides of distractions.
I’ve talked about shiny object syndrome before. The reason we are so easily derailed is because we aren’t anchored.
You can easily get knocked off course by what people say – vlogging is the new blogging, it’s hard to build an audience for your podcast, selling eBooks in 2021 is like selling CDs in 2021, Clubhouse is the new Voxer, and so on.
Ultimately, it’s all just opinion disguised as memes and catchphrases. I know people that would disagree with all the above. They are thriving in their respective fields.
But if you aren’t focused, and don’t have a clear vision for your future, you will dabble endlessly and find yourself in the same position as when you started.
A routine is much easier to figure out when you know what your purpose and mission is.
And when you have anchors in a routine that supports your vision, you have a formula for success.When you have anchors in a routine that supports your vision, you have a formula for success. Click To Tweet
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