I was listening to a webinar by Chris Robinson the other day who spewed gems after gems that I will be sharing over the next few weeks. One of the most thought provoking ideas was the index card that Chris carries with him everyday with 5 key questions. They are the following:
- What do I need to listen to?
- What do I need to read?
- Who do I need to call today?
- What do I need to do today?
- What am I looking for?
These questions help him reflect and align his actions so they live up with the person he wants to become. I think it’s such a powerful idea as it keeps him focused on doing the things that he wants to accomplish that day so he inches closer to his goals. Most people are fixated on the idea of “doing things” instead of accomplishing goals. The reality is that we can be busy all day long and still not accomplish anything. You and I have been there, haven’t we?
I think being intentional about accomplishments helps you do meaningful work each and every day. That can be in the form of an index card, a journal, or even Tony Robbin’s Rapid Planner Method that focuses on the “why” behind every task that you intend to accomplish. I think setting intentions for yourself isn’t enough anymore, you have to go beyond and start getting things done with intent.
If you’re the high performer type, I’m sure you’re already doing some version of daily intention setting. For everyone else, this is going to be hard work. But like Chris says, “don’t complain about where you are… pay the price for where you want to be.”