There are tons of people who do what’s strictly necessary to keep their current working and living situation, and that might be alright. It’s a life philosophy as right as any other, although it has more inconveniences than advantages.
And there are some people who always feel the need to learn more, improve their skills, develop themselves and grow, even though these are issues that nobody demands, that will not bear fruit in the short term and that require an important effort.
If you are one of these last ones, I congratulate you. Congratulations, because you are a self-aware person. You know your values and beliefs, and you have the commitment and courage to try to design your own life instead of living someone else’s dream.
Congratulations because you know where you want to go. You have a purpose and that purpose makes you clear what you must do to achieve what you want and what things you should ignore. You know that sometimes you have to work on tasks that you don’t like too much, but that bring you closer to where you want to go. Your sense of direction allows you to understand the benefit of avoiding distractions.
Congratulations because you now how to make decisions. With hundreds of actions, tasks and projects asking for your participation, prioritizing and making good decisions is much easier for you. Your need of personal development and your purpose give you clarity, and that clarity helps you choose where you should put your attention. Your focus and your energy are always on the important things.
Congratulations because you’ll do a lot of things that will bring satisfaction to you. When you know what you want, the motivation to take action and make it happen is huge. You know that personal development is a long-life journey and that you just need to reach the next step, a completely achievable goal.
Congratulations because you know how to adapt when things change. Sometimes life isn’t what we expect, but your growth mindset allows you to effectively deal with all the changes that take place, good and bad.
You also know that, to effectively manage your work, your personal life and all those concerns that grow inside you, you need an action plan that can be projected over time. To organize a life of this kind of characteristics, a simple to-do list doesn’t work. Neither does a calendar. Not even a project management application.
You need a more powerful method that helps you align your purpose, your goals and your areas of focus with your projects and daily tasks. You need a support system where you can capture all your concerns and ideas without losing track of the whole picture. Something that allows you to easily decide in each moment what you should be doing. And the only methodology I know that can help people like you is GTD (Getting Things Done).
Commitment, motivation and energy are crucial to achieve what you want, but having a map to let you always know where you are and where you are going is, undoubtedly, a too valuable help to not use it.
Originally published at facilethings.com.