All week I have written ‘Write MS’ on my to do list. MS standing for Mission Statement.
I then learnt about a Time Management Matrix. Four categories, the top boxes the ‘effective people’ go between and the bottom two they stay out of. That’s when I realised a common theme, I know writing a mission statement was something I wanted to do but hadn’t got round to, I hadn’t seen it as an Important/Urgent task.
I think it’s habitual patterning to focus on the ‘Not important/Not urgent’ tasks, some calls, some mail, some busy work take up time, they don’t use up any imagination or much effort either. The difference is whether they are in Prevention and PC (product capability maintenance) for they are just stuff.
I usually write a to do list first thing with 1-3 tasks to do that day.
Sometimes in overwhelm, I have to write it backwards. By writing out the ‘non important tasks’ first with the promise I won’t get stuck on the small stuff. Such as follow up tasks: podcast help, shopping list, look up something for Dad. Also break activities: read, draw, yoga set, journal, nap.
Then, if my mind wasn’t clear enough at the beginning, I write three most important tasks.
I found that in Not Important, Not Urgent were ‘pleasant activities’, I related it to doing creative work in my new space. I was happy I was back painting but not really sure what I was doing in my journal. Still I congratulated myself for showing up.
This was a mistake. I can move towards Important, Not urgent ‘Recognising new opportunities’ or ‘Relationship building’. To make more meaning and stop doodling around as I learnt from this Ted talk.
Writing a mission statement
There was some reluctance and inner criticism for writing – It’s an old strategy! A few words won’t fix things! They are boring.
We all start at the beginning. The basics are the best place to start, without a single seed what will bloom?
A personal mission statement is a set of words that reflect your values, your roles and goals. It’s important that what you write be authentic and actionable. Otherwise they are just words people will roll their eyes at.
Stephen Covey in 7 Habits of highly effective people covers it with these headings:
My mission is to live:
To fulfil this mission:
These roles take priority in achieving my mission:
For example, here’s my mission statement:
My mission is to live with vitality and make a difference in the lives of others through writing, creative works and yoga.
To fulfil this mission I have:
The willingness to get up and do my most important tasks of the day.
A wonder and curiosity in working with new ideas and projects
The ability to see it through, to be a leader, my own creativity coach.
Responsibility to show my work, share it as often as possible.
To be a mindful money custodian, I keep expenses low and embrace opportunities.
These roles will take priority in achieving my mission:
Individual/Sikhi: I learn new important things daily, I implement success strategies and honour Sikh living and Kundalini science.
Wife: My husband is an important part of life, I value our time together and share support for our ventures.
Mother: I care and bond with our baby, together we learn and grow.
Writer/Author: I write stories to publish in memoirs and articles for my blog and magazines.
Artist/Creator: I draw daily life and am learning illustration. I freely express myself in my journal.
Promotion, Blogger: I get involved with new opportunities, use social media mindfully, share my work and learn ways I can earn from blog and create an extra income stream by the end of 2019.
What’s on your mission statement? Are you willing to set a timer for 5 minutes and start today? Or have you experienced change through making one? Let me know in the comments below!