One of the things we’re taught growing up—or even when we begin our careers—is how to be productive.
But too often we find ourselves getting caught up with tasks that have little impact on our wallets or well-being. We’re spending too much time shifting gravel around by hand, when we could be shoveling our way to a better future!
Design Your Life On Purpose
So, what’s the key to ending the madness?
Becoming outcome-focused. And channeling all your energy into your biggest goals.
The Four Task Categories
To understand why you aren’t more productive, let’s consider the four “task” categories in your life that take up your time:
Task Category #1: Urgent and important to you.
By this, I mean anything that must be addressed in a timely manner and has value to you. These are work assignments that generate income or rescuing a pet before he walks into oncoming traffic. These tasks are of the highest priority.
Task Category #2: Not urgent, but important to you.
Here I’m describing tasks that encompass everything you value. Maybe it’s spending quality time with your partner or children, paying yourself first or setting up an emergency savings account. Because these tasks aren’t urgent, they too often get neglected. Even though this is where you should be spending the majority of your time.