We have been trying to make progress with sorting out our garden this summer.
It’s not going very well.
The big problem is that we aren’t really sure what we want to do. We have an idea, then another one. Then we go back to the original one. I’ve started a bit of DIY patio restoration, then decided we should get someone in to do it. It goes on like this.
We have actually got some things done and it does look better than it did a couple of months back but we haven’t progressed anywhere near as much as we could have done and there’s been a lot of wasted effort.
In truth, it’s not that important to us and it’s certainly not urgent (and wasting a bit of time in the garden can be good for you)!
When we find the same thing happening though in areas of life, including work, that are very important, this becomes a problem. Question is, what’s the solution?
We can try hard in every individual situation to exercise our best planning and problem-solving skills or we can find / create / customise a system that helps guide us through the process of ALWAYS creating clarity on ALL the things that matter most.
What am I doing with my life?
What am I doing today?
What’s the purpose of our organisation?
What’s the purpose of doing this specific task?
With clear direction we can create a clear plan. With a clear plan we can take positive action. Without clarity, we can never achieve what we want and are capable of.
As Brené Brown puts it,
Clarity is kindness.
It can take a lot of effort to establish your system and more so to turn it into a habit, but it’s absolutely worth it.