Always Be Intentional

Yesterday wasn’t a good day. It was one of those days where I worked the entire day, but by the end, it didn’t feel like I had accomplished a lot. When days like this happen, I always try to figure out why so I can avoid it in the future.

What it came down to was intentionality.

I try to start everyday with action steps that are well thought out and organized by priority. Yesterday, I started working through those steps until I found myself stuck on one in particular.

In this case, I was designing a site around a new product I’m launching. Instead of executing on the overall task (laying out the entire site), I got lost in the details (designing the brand) and ended up wasting way too much time.

When analyzing this situation, I realized I was not being intentional with my actions. I let my design background get in the way of making progress in my business. As a solo founder (for the time being), it’s easier to fall into this trap. There is no one else to hold you accountable or remind you of the most important goal at hand.

This is why it’s important to always be intentional.

When you constantly remind yourself of your actual goal, it’s harder to sidetrack yourself. Details are important, but there is a time and place to focus on them.

In my case, I am addressing this by identifying my weekly goal and revisiting it everyday. If I find myself working on something that isn’t ultimately working towards this goal, I drop it immediately and move onto something that will move the needle closer.

In my opinion, this is an example of learning from your failures. This is by no means a catastrophic one, but I was able to identify what happened, what went wrong, and how to address it moving forward. That’s all any of us can do.

Do you struggle with being intentional in your day-to-day work? I want to know how. Leave a comment below or reach out on Twitter at @williamfrazr to continue the conversation.

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