A long time ago on a Friday, I packed my bag, got my tupperware out of the cafeteria, and left work; physically and mentally spent.
My wife picked me up because we were going straight to Illinois where we’d see her family and she’d be standing up for a friend’s wedding.
On that 2-hour drive, I thought to myself:
I’m so tired, I must have gotten a sh*t load of things done!
With a proud smirk on my face, I started to think about all of the things I accomplished during the last few days… you know, sort of like a mental pat on the back. That smirk slowly morphed into burrowed eyebrows because apart from a few meetings and conversations, I had a tough time recalling what I spent my precious time and energy on. Right then, I felt the urge to reach for my calendar so that I could prove to myself that I earned my paycheck for that week… but I stopped.
Instead, I asked myself the question:
What does it mean when I can’t remember what I did during the week?
I thought of 2 things:
- What I did must not have been all that great.
- I did so much that I wasn’t fully present for anything. I was probably critiquing how the last thing went and thinking of what I had coming up next.
I started to worry… What if this type of a week happened more than I thought? And if it does happen that often, what can I do to make it so that I feel like I lived a week worth remembering?
Since then, I’ve talked to a few people about this and they’ve all experienced the same thing. They get home from work and their spouse asks them about their day. To which they respond:
I don’t really remember… not much I guess.
Or, worse yet:
It sucked, I’d rather not talk about it.
How many of these days and weeks can you and I afford to have?
Not very many!
I can’t tell you that I’ve got it all figured out. I’m a student to all of this, just like you. But, I do want to share something with you that I’ve been trying.
Are you ready?
The better we understand what we want to ultimately accomplish AND the more intentional we are about consistently taking the right actions to accomplish those goals, the more likely we’ll be able to recall what we’ve done… all because what we did actually mattered to us.
Step 1: Decide what you really REALLY want. What are your big goals in the areas of life that matter most to you?
Step 2: Every week, decide what you MUST get done to get closer to that goal. Review it often. Better yet, share that list with someone.
Step 3: Every day, do the most important things FIRST.
Step 4: Each week, review your progress.
Step 5: Download the planner I’ve created that helps me get the most important things done in and out of work. It’s yours for FREE here.
Question for you:
Do you ever have days or weeks that fly by and without you being able to remember what you did? Why do you think that is and what can you start doing differently to keep that type of thing from happening?
I appreciate you for reading and sharing,