“Are you making progress or completing activities?” he said, “That’s what I ask myself at the end of each day.”
“I’m writing that down.”
We kept talking. Not much more worth writing down though.
“Let me know what you get up to.”
“Okay, I will.”
“Have a good day mate. Goodbye.”
Too many activities can feel like progress. That’s what he was talking about. You could be working yourself to the bone but the list never gets any smaller.
Maybe it’s time to get a new list.
One which leads to progress instead of a whole bunch of activities being checked off at the end of the day.
I catch myself when I’m writing a list each morning. On the days where there are only two or three things, write, workout, read, I go to add more add more as a habit. But would more activities lead to progress?
If your goal is to progress, you must decide which activities lead to it and which don’t. It’s hard and you’ll never be able to do it for sure but you can make a decision to. A decision to step back a decision to think about what does add to progress and cut what doesn’t.
In my latest video, I share how I got Google Cloud Professional Data Engineer Certified. I passed the exam without meeting any of the prerequisites. How? A few activities which led to progress. But the certification isn’t the real progress. The real progress comes from doing something with the skills the certificate requires. More on that in the future.