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What is the Purpose of your Life?

This might seem like a heavy question.  Although, whilst relaxing over the festive season, that is a really good time to reflect and focus on yourself.

Today’s article is going to cover: The Purpose of your Life; Letting Stuff Go; Decluttering; and Saying No!

Let’s start with thinking about what your definition of ‘The Purpose of your Life’ is.  It might be:

  • to simply enjoy it and to have fun
  • to provide for your family
  • to be a better person
  • to give more than you take
  • or to be successful

However, you need to consider what these definitions really mean to you?

This will be particular to you, based upon:

  • your values
  • your upbringing and
  • the way that you think

There is no right or wrong answer.

Then work out which key tasks will help you to achieve ‘The Purpose of your Life’. How much time do you spend doing the activities and tasks that help you enjoy your life, and which therefore make you happy and successful?

  • Have you got your balance right? Do you spend enough time on your purpose and what is important to you? What can you do for yourself to become more organised and to get more things done by being more effective and efficient?
  • How well do you manage your use of time?
  • How good are you at prioritising? How could you improve this?
  • Do you constantly switch between tasks, or do you always complete one task before tackling the next? If you do find yourself switching frequently, what could you do to focus on an individual task without interruption?
  • Do you thrive on being busy doing ‘stuff’, rather than doing the tasks that give you your purpose? If so, what could you usefully let go of?

Let go of the stuff that is slowing you down!!!

We are all guilty of allowing certain behaviours to get in the way of happiness, growth and success.  So, do yourself a favour, look at the list below and see how many of those are slowing you down.

  • Thinking
  • Behaviours
  • Others
  • Poor organisation
  • Negative thoughts
  • Beliefs
  • Perceptions
  • Attitudes
  • Bad habits
  • Apathy
  • Procrastination

De-Clutter

Not your home, but your mind! What is on your mind, what issues are buzzing around causing you to spend time worrying and procrastinating?

Write a list and prioritise the top three — refocus.  What situations and tasks can you influence and control?

Saying ‘No’

Do you find it difficult to say ‘No’? What is stopping you? What could you do differently?

You cannot do everything and you can’t please everyone. Being able to say ‘No’ can be difficult. By being better at prioritising, you can be more comfortable in saying: “I need to do other things first before I do what you are asking me to do.” This applies to both work and life — do things in the right order, that way you can offer a solution: “I can’t do it for you now, but I can help you tomorrow or at the weekend.” Chapter

Don’t be everybody’s dartboard. Be the dart player and take control of what gets thrown and where it goes.

You can find more details on this and other future proofing yourself ideas in my new book:  Future Proof Yourself via:

The Endless Bookcase or Amazon

Extracts taken from Chapter Five: Proactive Self-Management – Future Proof Yourself by David Yeabsley. 

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