Ever feel like no matter how much you do there is still so much more to be done?
For many people, to-do lists are eternal with the focus on what hasn’t been done creating a sense of being incomplete, of not being enough. It does sort of beg the question – when then will be enough? And indeed how will you know?
From my experience, we can only start answering these questions once we have a clear vision of where we are going. You can then switch timeframes and make a plan for what will truly have the most impact today, this week and this month.
Once you stick to the plan you can then give yourself permission to stop, in full knowledge that you are executing on the plan. Regularly reviewing the vision is key to ensuring it still aligns with the horizons in front of you. That is why I talk of Crafting a Living Vision that evolves with you.
Starting from today and the infinity of tasks and activities you could be doing will inevitably lead to confusion as to what you might be doing and dissatisfaction that you are not doing enough.
Should you wish to explore this theme in more depth, check out Episode 3 of my Time Academy Podcast.
Questions in the Image:
- Am I doing enough?
- In fact, how can I tell?
- What will success feel like?
Want to Read More Around This Topic?
Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits. Change your life. Make your four thousand weeks count by Oliver Burkeman (link to Amazon.co.uk). The blurb says it best: “What if you tried to stop doing everything, so you could finally get round to what counts?“
Nurturing Curiosity – Daily Practice: This is part of the Nurturing Curiosity series of tools, insights and questions designed to help nurture curiosity as part of our daily practice. In point of fact, every interaction we have is an opportunity to question what we are observing and how we and others are seeing the world. Also remember that questions come in many forms throughout our day – right now the whole idea of ‘enough‘ is swirling around my mind. I truly love these questions: Am I doing enough? Am I enough? The point is that our busy doing becomes intertwined with our identities, so it feels like we will fall over if we stop. And yet, as Rich Litvin says, “You can never have enough of what you don’t really need.”
About Tom O’Leary
My mission is to help others think differently – meaning more broadly and deeply – and thereby make better decisions. The key to thinking differently lies in our curiosity.
The more we question, the more possible answers we uncover, and the more we expand what we thought possible. Life has taught me that possibility lies not so much in seeking answers but in learning to ask better questions – the ones that help prioritise what is truly essential.
And yet, in a culture obsessed with efficiency and productivity, the paradox is that much energy and resources are wasted by a bias towards action over contemplation. If you are answering the wrong question, it doesn’t matter how ‘hard’ you work, you are still answering the wrong question.
That is why I am a big advocate of nurturing curiosity and innovative thinking at all ages, particularly amongst leaders because of the impact they have on us all. In my vision, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are curious, open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning.
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