Start with intent

Sunday 2nd April marks the end of daylight saving for the south-eastern states of Australia. By turning our clocks backwards 1 hour we gain an extra hour. What will you do with the extra hour? Do you plan to intentionally do something or will the hour just come and go without doing anything in particular?

People have different relationships to time. We all have 1440 minutes in a day, but some people are way more impactful in a day than others. There’s a lot of reasons as to why, but I think a large part of it relates to what we intend to within a timeframe. Our intent is influenced by:

  • What we have to do
  • What we need to do
  • What we like to do

The barrier to intent is avoidance. It’s like hearing someone mention they need to go to the dentist but haven’t booked an appointment because they’re worried it might hurt.

Our intent gets undermined by our ability to avoid:

  • The things we don’t like doing
  • The things we find hard
  • The things we find boring, uninspiring or mundane
  • The things we’re not good at

What does all this mean?

We need to manage the battle between intent and avoidance. If avoidance wins then at best, we’re not getting as much done as we could. At worst, we’re underperforming.

Those who are more intentional with their time don’t waste it and exploit a greater return for effort. This is what separates high achievers from everyone else.

Build the behaviours of a high achiever into your rhythm to make every day will feel like the end of daylight saving where you gain an extra hour.