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Ian O'Byrne

Goals transform a random walk into a chase. - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi #productivity

Ian O'Byrne

Motivation becomes easier when we transform a chore into a choice. Doing so gives us a sense of control - General Charles Krulak

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This quote comes from the book Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg.

As we try to make sense of our own lives, and make room for the dreams/goals that we hope to achieve, the first step is to identify the roadblocks and impediments that thwart motivation and our ambitions.

These roadblocks come in the form of emails, meetings, and busy work that suck up our time. In most careers throughtout our past, we were taught that it was good to work long hard days. Punching in at 7 and punching the clock out at 5 every day was a good thing. What you accomplished during those hours didn't matter. The fact that you were there was the only thing of value. 

The fourty hour workweek, and the hours spent "working" were the only metric of value.

My hourly wage, and multiplying that by the number of hours I worked, gave me an estimate of my value and worth during that time period.

As I move to a position where my time is worth whatever value I place on it changes everything. I can work whenever, whereever I'd like. I can focus on anything that I choose and head in whatever direction seems best.

There are certain things I have to show up for. Meetings, classtimes, meals. In the remaining times, I can work in whatever function or fashion I choose.

Changing chores into choices empowers me. It provides me with an opportunity to decide how I'll function in these responsibilities.