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.”
What Thoughts Would You Like to Share? My name is Tom O’Leary, and I envision a world in which curiosity shapes leadership. In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. My mission is to shift leadership focus from authority, over-measurement and control to curiosity, learning and innovation, empowering leaders to prioritise the essential. My journey, lived in a number of countries and through various languages, has always been driven by a profound sense of curiosity. In fact, 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. I welcome your thoughts, feedback, or personal experiences related to these questions or any insights they may have sparked.