More than a year ago, I was talking with Jenny Blake about all things solopreneurial: leaving your company to work for yourself, how much money you have to make to feel secure, and figuring out how to structure your day when no one forces structure upon you.
She said something that has stuck with me, something that’s helped me succeed at building my business and making a living doing something I enjoy.
Jenny said that when she’s struggling to be productive or is having one of those days that just gets away from her, she asks herself how she can OWN the day. What ONE thing can she do to make the day worth it? What can she accomplish that will allow her to say the day was worthwhile?
That one thing could be work-related, like finishing a blog post or helping a client. Or it could be life-related, maybe giving it her all in a yoga class. But whatever that thing is for her on that particular day, accomplishing it makes the day worth it.
I was thinking about that this week as I typed away at a Starbucks in D.C. My to-do list was a mile long, and while many of those items were wants, not must-haves, it still felt overwhelming. Even when I checked off a bunch of my to-do items, it still felt like I’d accomplished nothing — perhaps because I’d focused too much on the little details and not enough on my big-picture priorities. And when the clock neared 5 p.m., I actually wondered, what the heck did I do today?
So I asked myself: what can I do by the end of this day that will let me feel like I OWNED it? What can I do to make this day worthwhile?
Making that ONE thing a priority can shift the seas in your favor.
Which is why I’m now asking you…
How can you OWN today?