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Time Management Tips #8 - Power Up with Purpose

Time Management Tips #8 - Power Up with Purpose

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Nothing helps you stay the course, or pick up the pace, or deal with setbacks like purpose.  One of the best ways to focus, get your groove on, and make things happen is the power of purpose.

Time management tips #8 is power up with purpose.  Purpose is they "why" behind what you do.  It gives you a meaningful mission to apply your strengths, experience, and talent.  In the absence of purpose, you lose your drive.  After all, it's hard to bring out your best when there's no motivating mission.

Purpose comes in all shapes and sizes.  Some say, "Go big or go home."  For many, that's a way to step up to the plate.  A way to swing with all their might.  A way to dream big dreams.  Here's what this might look like:

- I’m the researcher who finds the truth.
- I’m the developer who writes the code to change the world.
- I’m the coach who helps make others great.
- I’m the musician who makes people feel alive.
- I’m the poet who makes people think.

Purpose doesn't have to be grandiose to be effective. For others, a simple meaningful purpose is all they need. Heres' what this might look like:

- I’m the technical specialist who helps customers succeed on the platform.
- I’m the Program Manager who helps customers share cool experiences.
- I’m the glue who connects the UI to the developers.

Roles and goals are a simple way to find purpose.  Take your role, line it up with the goal, and make that your mission or your purpose.  Here are some that I have used:

- I am the PM who shapes the cloud story for end-to-end engagements in the Enterprise.
- I am the PM who shapes the Microsoft application story for customer success.
- I am the Pm who shapes the security and performance story for LOB apps.

You can make the purpose for the day, the week, the month, the year, etc.  You know you nailed it when it inspires you to action, and it helps you get out of bed in the morning.

Create a one-liner reminder of your purpose that you can use today, to make your mission more meaningful.

In 30 Days of Getting Results, you can use the time management exercises to find your purpose and get exponential results on a daily and weekly basis.  You can also find more time management tips in my book, Getting Results the Agile Way, and on Getting Results.com

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