Before you’ve checked your twitter feed, inhaled your coffee, or jumped on the treadmill, ask yourself this powerful question.
What type of person do I want to be? Then, what will I do to make that happen?
Checklists are useful for simple tasks especially when you know what needs to be done, but they’re passive. Perfect for taking out the trash or transferring money into savings. What happens when you want to solve a more creative problem? So instead of making a checklist of things you need to do, ask what type of person do you want to be?
If you want to be a person who is fit and healthy, you don’t need to remind yourself to go for a walk, tick, eat vegetables with lunch, tick. When you put yourself in the mindset of a healthy person, you know the activities a healthy person would engage in or avoid.
The idea behind this, is to save your active thinking for more pressing questions. The brain power used to decide whether you can have a donut at lunch whilst weighing up the macro-nutrients in your head can be saved. Would the person I want to be eat the donut? No. Would my favourite author spend their available free time binging Netflix over writing? No.
Once you have a clear idea of who you want to be, what do you need to do to make this happen?
When you’re continually asking yourself this powerful question, the less you’ll need to rely on the checklist mentality. If your goal is to be a more decisive person, in each situation where your indecision rears its head, ask, what would a decisive person do? Your partner asks you where you would like to eat tonight, a decisive person would choose a restaurant.
As with any long term change, this is going to take continued effort. It’s also by no means easy, but provides a framework of thinking to help guide your decision making. Better decisions mean better results.