This question popped out of the hidden corners of my mind earlier today. It’s probably not the first time it has, but the urgency with which it asked made me pause and reflect.
We have all these tasks at hand; many days they seem like a overwhelming pile of to-dos. The question though is have you considered this: Which of them are must-dos and which are want-to-dos?
I love doing anything related to writing: writing blog posts, even long-ish status updates on Facebook and my poetry which usually comes forth in a burst without much forethought. These are things I always want to do.
Then there are things I must do, such as paid work or housework. Yes, the needle always points more towards the ‘want’ than the ‘must’ list. Always. But it’s not necessarily practical to do what you want to do all the time.
How do you balance the ‘must’ and the ‘want’ then? It’s actually simple, involves two steps and something I’ve tried to teach my daughter too.
Step 1: Make a list of your must-do tasks and your want-to-do activities. Physically write it down each morning or the night before and see what happens. You’ll get an idea of how to apportion time.
Step 2: Complete the must-do items first. Whether that’s your workout or answering that urgent email or sending off that piece to the magazine you pitched for last week. Then, when you turn your attention to the want-to-do items, there’s a sense of joy that makes the activity not just a pleasure but feels like a reward in itself.
How about you?
Do you struggle with must vs want?
Do you balance them in the same way?
Why you do what you do by John Murphy
This infographic is equally fascinating!