Thinking Strategically About the Things that Are Important to You
I read (or heard) this question somewhere once and it really stuck with me:
How much time do you spend strategically thinking about projects that are important to you?
A key part of that question is projects that are important to you. I suspect a lot of us spend a great deal of time thinking about things that aren’t all that important to us personally — at least not in the long run.
Things like what to have for dinner, what movie we’ll watch, when we’ll have time to get gas in the car, etc. Those kinds of things do need to be given some thought, but they’re not nearly as important as the things that really matter to us.
I mean, do you remember what you had for dinner 3 weeks ago Tuesday? I’m guessing not. The little things take care of themselves, regardless of how much time or energy we put into them.
But the truly important things? Not so much.
If time with your family is important to you, regularly plan out time to spend with them. Don’t try to “fit it in”. If starting a small business is important to you, set aside time each week to just think about where you want to be and to plan out what needs to be done to get there. Then get up an hour earlier every day and do the first thing on the list. And then the next thing. If paying off your house is important to you, actually sit down and map out how you will accomplish that goal, and then follow it.
Setting aside regularly time on a for strategic thinking helps you get to where you want to be. It keeps you focused and allows you to lay out the steps that will help you accomplish the things that are most important to you.