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Focus Challenge Day 3: Living in Alignment

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Focus Challenge Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the 5-day Focus Challenge. If you haven’t yet, make sure to complete Day 2 before attempting today’s challenge. Today’s challenge is all about creating momentum towards your ideal future by making sure that you are living your life in alignment with your values.

Let’s get started.

Many people have a misguided idea of passion. They think that passion means doing what you love, but that’s not quite right. The truth is if you are looking for a job where you enjoy it 100% of the time, you’ll never find it. There will always be things that you have to do that aren’t necessarily fun or enjoyable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them or that you can’t gain satisfaction from them.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He literally wrote the book on flow. His research shows that people are happier not when their life is easy, but when they feel fulfilled. So passion is not about doing what’s fun, but that satisfaction and flow actually comes from being able to click in and do the things that are important and have meaning to you.

That satisfaction comes from being in alignment with your vision and values. So if you understand how what you are doing is helping you achieve your ideal future (identified in yesterday’s lesson), motivation and passion come naturally.

Where people get frustrated is when what they are spending their time on is not in line with the future they want to create. Even if you are doing the right things but have lost your “why,” it’s not likely you’ll stick with it long enough to see the results you’re looking for. But when you are in that sweet spot where what you are doing is in alignment with your dream, it’s exciting. You can’t wait to get to work because you know that every minute invested is moving you one step closer to making your dream a reality.

The Three Bricklayers

There’s a famous parable about three bricklayers that illustrates perfectly what it’s like to work in alignment.

While walking down the street one day, a man saw three bricklayers working in the heat of the noonday sun. The man approached the first bricklayer, and asked the man, “what are you doing?”

“What does it look like I’m doing?” the worker replied sarcastically. “I’m laying bricks!”

The man then walked up to the second bricklayer and again asked, “what are you doing?”

“I’m building a wall,” the worker replied matter-of-factly, not even bothering to look up from what he as doing.

The man then walked up to the third bricklayer and again asked, “what are you doing?”

“I’m building a great cathedral to honor my God!” the worker replied excitedly. “It will be the most beautiful cathedral the world has ever seen!”

All three workers were doing the same task, but only the third was really living in alignment. When you are living in alignment, it brings passion and energy to everything that you do. This results in higher quality work, which obviously then translates into higher wages, better jobs, etc. So if your idea future requires an upgrade in pay, there’s no better way to get there than to start working in alignment and bringing passion and joy into what you do!

So in today’s exercise, we’re going to identify what living in alignment looks like for you.

Exercise

First, take a full sheet of paper and fold it in half. On one side, write the five things that you value most in life. On the other side, write down the five activities you currently spend the most time on. Spend 5 minutes doing this.

Done?

Now compare them and answer the questions for yourself: “Am I spending time on the things that are most important to me?”

Next, take a look at your ideal future description from Day 2. Are the things that you are currently doing (the five activities you spend the most time on) moving you towards accomplishing this ideal future? If not, list the 5 things you could do right now that would make the biggest impact in moving you towards your ideal future.

Once you’re done, let us know in the comments!

Update: Day 4 is live.

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123 Comments

Posted by Marti  | May 24, 2017 at 7:47AM | Reply

Done! Definitely see some room for improvement.

Posted by Deanne  | May 24, 2017 at 8:23AM | Reply

This exercise really helped to focus in on what I need to do next.

Posted by Amanda Watson  | May 24, 2017 at 8:32AM | Reply

Hmmm. You are starting to get on my nerves! How can something so simple be so eye opening!?

As I said yesterday, I’ve never really committed to, or attempted, this type of exercise. Maybe out of fear?

Either way, I love what I’m learning and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s advice!

PS. I’m sending this to a few of my friends and they’ve really enjoyed as well. So much thanks to you!

Posted by Chris Williams  | May 24, 2017 at 8:54AM | Reply

Finished. Simple exercise with profound insights!

Posted by Zaf  | May 24, 2017 at 9:03AM | Reply

Done and dusted!

Posted by Jason Stone  | May 24, 2017 at 9:30AM | Reply

Wow, that was an amazing exercise! Now that I have a crystal-clear vision of my ideal future complete with goals and deadlines, it is abundantly clear that the activities I’ve been spending most of my time doing have nothing to do with getting me where I want to go. So, now I have created a solid plan that will actually move me toward my goals and help me realize my ideal future. This is very exciting! I can hardly wait for tomorrow’s challenge!

Posted by John  | May 24, 2017 at 10:05AM | Reply

Interesting excercise!

Posted by Ammon  | May 24, 2017 at 10:05AM | Reply

Done. Definitely a bit of an eye-opener for me.

Posted by Laco  | May 24, 2017 at 10:09AM | Reply

Done. But since I done something very similar some time ago, I have a 100% match for last few days :-)

Posted by Sue  | May 24, 2017 at 10:10AM | Reply

Done… so much work ahead! Happy to be able to see the goals.

Posted by Steven  | May 24, 2017 at 10:14AM | Reply

Great exercise. I have a lot of work to do to get to where I want to be.

Posted by Leslie  | May 24, 2017 at 10:16AM | Reply

Either I am pretty good at focusing on the important or I am deluding myself. There is one major area for improvement this exercise identified. That simplifies my needs for change.

Posted by Justin  | May 24, 2017 at 10:17AM | Reply

Done, a couple things on my time spent list are surprisingly not a primary action I am doing. Noted and blocked out a few things I can do . I am a news guy but how many times does one need to read the news daily? Going to add another time to focus on reading/studying for my preferred future. Thanks for the simple but focus changing exercises.

Posted by Peter  | May 24, 2017 at 10:20AM | Reply

✔️

Quite aligned. But thanks to the Day 3 challenge I found some topics for improvement/optimization.

Posted by Tomas  | May 24, 2017 at 10:22AM | Reply

Boy, am I out of focus or what. No wonder I don’t reach my goals. Good exercise. Looking forward to tomorrow.

Posted by Brian Shin  | May 24, 2017 at 10:23AM | Reply

This exercise definitely opened my eyes to how I need to better allocate my time. Seeing the goals definitely helps course correct!

Posted by Donna  | May 24, 2017 at 10:30AM | Reply

Aligned in terms of activities, but poorly aligned in terms of distribution of time across those activities, and definitely not aligned with an “ideal day”.

Posted by Elmer Thomas  | May 24, 2017 at 10:37AM | Reply

This exercise led me to create 3 new projects that should help turbo charge my productivity. Thanks!

Posted by Rachel Schmitz  | May 24, 2017 at 10:42AM | Reply

This was another great exercise to evaluate if how I’m spending my time is lining up with my goals and values. I see a few changes I can make to build momentum and reach my goals. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s lesson and exercise!

Posted by David Calder  | May 24, 2017 at 10:44AM | Reply

A little more guidance please?

Could you expand on what you mean by “the 5 things you value most in life”. I’m having difficult in seeing how you compare values to current activities.

For example, one of my core values would be “integrity”, but I dont see how I can alight that to what I do on a day to day basis.

Thanks

Posted by Kristie  | May 24, 2017 at 10:46AM | Reply

Awesome post!

Posted by Julian  | May 24, 2017 at 10:52AM | Reply

Oh boy! There is still some work to be done to close the gap here. Thanks for visualizing this to me!

Posted by Art Wheat  | May 24, 2017 at 10:58AM | Reply

I really need to exercise if I truly value my health. That’s a major thing that is not in alignment with my values. Outside of that, I’m pretty much in alignment or as one other said, living in delusion. I’ll be pondering this the rest of the day no doubt. Thank you for this exercise. It’s really getting me to think.

Posted by Kim  | May 24, 2017 at 11:11AM | Reply

Done. Helped underscore the fact that while some days it seems I do nothing but work, I’m working hard on the right things, and on a finite deadline. What little time is left for recreation, I’m spending in the right ways. I’m much more satisfied than last year, when I had too much free time and not enough meaningful work. Without a goal or a big project, I’m like a Frisbee dog without a Frisbee. Pathetic, anxious, and prone to chewing up the couch.

Posted by Torsten  | May 24, 2017 at 11:39AM | Reply

Done for Day 3 … work takes most of the time and is needed to fund the other side of the paper 📝

Posted by Ola Bårdsen  | May 24, 2017 at 11:55AM | Reply

Still a day behind. Today I envisioned a brighter future. Blocking off time to do it. Looking forward to try today’s tip.

Posted by Ranier A  | May 24, 2017 at 11:56AM | Reply

Complete. This definitely adds to the addage: “your attitude determines your latitude.” This is the perfect excercise to realign your focus.

Posted by Oren  | May 24, 2017 at 12:14PM | Reply

Of course what I want in my future and what I’m doing are not aligned. If they were, I would be happier with what I’m doing and I probably wouldn’t be here.

Posted by Rosalia  | May 24, 2017 at 12:25PM | Reply

“Ouch.” That’s what I audibly said after reading the challenge because I knew what it would reveal! After having done the challenge I see just how lazy and unaligned I am! For example, one of the top things I value is my marriage. And can you guess what I don’t spend a lot of time improving? Yeah, my marriage and so as a result it’s suffering a bit. This was so clarifying.

Posted by Kendal  | May 24, 2017 at 12:31PM | Reply

I value relationships, health, helping others, experiences, learning. Not too sure that working, driving and sleeping are going to get me there. No where to go but up!

Posted by Ashley  | May 24, 2017 at 12:49PM | Reply

Done! Interesting exercise, definitely changed my perspective.

Posted by Alice  | May 24, 2017 at 12:59PM | Reply

I’m not as far off as I thought I’d be–guess that’s the natural caution in me. I am becoming pretty motivated to hire a virtual assistant, especially after this exercise, since a lot of what I spend my time on is stuff I really shouldn’t–general admin stuff.

Posted by Mary Lynn  | May 24, 2017 at 1:02PM | Reply

The five things I am currently spending the most time on are very different from the five I should be doing. Love the road map I have now created to get me going in the right direction!

Posted by Tom S  | May 24, 2017 at 1:03PM | Reply

Done. I need to spend more time on exercise and on building my second business. Less time doing research that is intellectually stimulating but does not further these two goals.

Posted by Jackie  | May 24, 2017 at 1:04PM | Reply

Such an eye-opener! I already know what I do the most every day, but writing them down and seeing them compared next to my values really helped clarify things. It took more time to figure out the 5 things I can do RIGHT NOW, but it was so refreshing to get focused and see what I could easily do for a better life. I now know that something like having date night once a week is very important to me! :)

Posted by Jung  | May 24, 2017 at 1:09PM | Reply

Good to know mostly I’m doing what I should/want. I just need to do it 1000x faster/more.

Posted by Kristie Lemauga  | May 24, 2017 at 1:29PM | Reply

Done – this is feeling good!!

Posted by Tom  | May 24, 2017 at 1:44PM | Reply

I agree with your definition of passion! My main value is my family and I have a passion for providing for them.

Posted by Jessie  | May 24, 2017 at 1:49PM | Reply

Done!

Posted by Johann Smit  | May 24, 2017 at 1:50PM | Reply

mmm … catching myself spending to much time on one thing that is not contributing to my vision (way too much!). Corrected, Thanks

Posted by Tracy  | May 24, 2017 at 1:56PM | Reply

I’m *so* on the right track! Thanks for the confirmation. :-)

Posted by Andrew  | May 24, 2017 at 1:57PM | Reply

Done. Simple, and powerfully clarifying. I can see how admitting my values makes “What next?” an easier question. Or, if not easier, it at least narrows the options for me.

Posted by Yasin Najib  | May 24, 2017 at 1:58PM | Reply

I realized that most of us do things that get us to our destination. We lose patience along the way.
This activity reminded me of this.
Thank you.

Posted by Chris  | May 24, 2017 at 2:07PM | Reply

OK… so like a lot of others I can definitely make some changes to move forward with my ideal future. There are large blocks of time that cannot move, but all the little spaces can change to make a big difference.

Posted by Kate D.  | May 24, 2017 at 2:10PM | Reply

OK, my activities are not exactly in line with what I claim my values are (well, about 30%). Is knowing this enough motivation for change? Frankly, I doubt it. So I need a plan to leverage my strengths and work around my weaknesses.

Posted by Phill Coxon  | May 24, 2017 at 2:24PM | Reply

Hey Mike! That’s a great exercise. Turns out I’m not living in alignment with some key areas and need to make immediate changes. Thank you!

Posted by Ravi Agarwal  | May 24, 2017 at 2:26PM | Reply

Would say another gem produced by the author on day 3.

As some wise man said dream/passion/idea without proper planning /due diligence/leg work and super dedication and honesty may not help one in moving in the right direction so we need frequent introspection and analysis as suggested above so asses whether we are aligned towards our future/passion otherwise we are just fooling ourselves.

Posted by Jason  | May 24, 2017 at 2:29PM | Reply

Great exercise! So easy and yet so illuminating. I need to do this exercise daily so I can stay aligned to my goals. This one hurt a little but in a good way. Thanks.

Posted by Brandon  | May 24, 2017 at 2:55PM | Reply

Really puts things into perspective when it’s down in black and white. Needs some constant retrospective reflection every so often.

Posted by Audrey  | May 24, 2017 at 3:37PM | Reply

Done. Once again, that kind of exercise really helped me put things in perspective. Focusing on what I really want and not spending my valuable time on unimportant things cannot be done if I don’t identify exactly what it is I’m looking for. Thanks for that

Posted by Adele  | May 24, 2017 at 3:42PM | Reply

Reality check! I just realized how little I do and how much I just think or daydream about what I want for us.

Posted by John H. Miller  | May 24, 2017 at 4:27PM | Reply

I definitely saw areas where I’m aligned and others where I’m not. I’m excited to identify ways of adding projects that add alignment.

Posted by Derek  | May 24, 2017 at 4:28PM | Reply

Done. I was a little caught off guard by how much this put my habits and direction into perspective.

Posted by ERIC  | May 24, 2017 at 4:29PM | Reply

See how much I spend fiddling with time consuming tasks that get me off target. This was great to gain the right perspective and redirect those tasks.

Posted by Lindsay  | May 24, 2017 at 4:31PM | Reply

I’m pretty closely aligned. I was actually able to identify one easy item I can do to move closer to alignment and put it on my to-do list. Everything else was already on there!

Posted by Kimi  | May 24, 2017 at 4:46PM | Reply

I was delighted to see that daily activities in my new life of retirement are very much in alignment with my Life Goals. Yesterday’s exercise had left me with a blurry picture as I was having trouble translating my concepts into words. Today’s exercise has helped add more detail (focus) to my life vision so I will have a much easier time choosing what activities to include as I plan and live each day.

Posted by Joyce  | May 24, 2017 at 5:13PM | Reply

This is always such a good exercise to make sure that I am focusing on the things that I actually want and not just wasting time.

Posted by Dale  | May 24, 2017 at 5:40PM | Reply

Good exercise and encouraging to see that I am about 80% along the right track (for me).

Posted by JR  | May 24, 2017 at 5:46PM | Reply

Good exercise. I’ve learned I need to spend more time on certain aspects, especially hobbies and spending time with friends. Sometimes they get pushed aside due to other commitments and I need to carve out time for this.

Posted by Eric S  | May 24, 2017 at 5:50PM | Reply

Thank goodness for the scheduled focus block of time scheduled on day 1. Did this exercise and then some extra bits of getting really specific in scheduling the actual actions I need to take over next month to progress forward on the areas I’m not making the progress on towards my ideal future.

Posted by Jeri  | May 24, 2017 at 5:55PM | Reply

I wasn’t too far off, but I could worry less about keeping up with so many friends. I can certainly decrease time spent on news and TV. I also plan to increase the length of time I spend “focused like a ninja” on the goal I am currently working on. I take too many breaks to relax throughout the day.

Posted by Eanna Black  | May 24, 2017 at 6:11PM | Reply

Great exercise. A real eye opener and I need to make sure me positive changes .

Posted by Cicely  | May 24, 2017 at 6:13PM | Reply

I have some changes to make on where I spend my time.

Posted by Evelyn Georgieva  | May 24, 2017 at 6:28PM | Reply

Wow! This one was great! I’m about to make some changes starting ..today ! :) Thanks AE!

Posted by André  | May 24, 2017 at 6:43PM | Reply

Done!
I noticed good alignment in terms of the subjects I have to study and activities that I need to do.
However, I also noticed that I need to block time with my family for me to better aligned!
Beautiful exercise!

Posted by Tanner G  | May 24, 2017 at 6:46PM | Reply

Awesome exercise. Fortunately, right now a lot of my 5 matched up nicely. One thing I noted was that I tend to sacrifice my love for the outdoors for my work, and that is something I am going to hopefully be changing with my new job/role. Planning in some of these to my calendar will be one of my first steps to do this! Great recap, thanks!

Posted by Kenneth tang  | May 24, 2017 at 6:54PM | Reply

I’m afraid my list of things I want to do are deeply conflicting.

I want to do well at work as there is immense purpose in getting a team running to carry on my legacy and immense satisfaction to see them grow.

I want to spend time with my family and newborn.

I want to do self development through learning new things from reading.

I want to do investments to build my retirement nest egg.

I suppose what this exercise tells me is, I want all these things but I’m spending too much time at work. I need to focus more and delegate more!

Posted by SEW  | May 24, 2017 at 7:05PM | Reply

Wow…so this little exercise has completely left me speechless. None of my five activities line up with what I value. What have I been doing all of this time?! Okay…so now that you’ve shown me that I’ve been wasting my life away on futile tasks, can you please show me how to fix it! :)

Posted by Liz  | May 24, 2017 at 7:16PM | Reply

Very useful. I have some mismatches and 5 new things to focus on starting now!

Posted by Jens  | May 24, 2017 at 7:33PM | Reply

Done, interesting and insightful exercise; I still got a lot to do it seems…

Posted by Amanda  | May 24, 2017 at 7:39PM | Reply

Great exercise, I am happy to see that while I am not at work my activities are very much aligned with my values. I will repeat this exercise once my maternity leave is over and I am back in the office!

Posted by Karen  | May 24, 2017 at 7:56PM | Reply

Finished this exercise. Insightful in sooo many ways!

Posted by Kaloyan Atanasov  | May 24, 2017 at 8:08PM | Reply

Day 3 – DONE.

I definitely spend time on thinking not directly related to my goals, however, most of my activities will push directly to my goals!

Posted by Katie  | May 24, 2017 at 9:20PM | Reply

Wow, really eye opening. Most of my time is spent on family and learning about productivity / goals. Now I need to focus some of that learning into actual actions but not sacrifice family time. Thankfully it’s summer so some of my commitments are on break and the kids don’t have school.

Posted by Ken Choat  | May 24, 2017 at 9:28PM | Reply

This is really helping me to mentally commit to strategic planning of Life Goals … but also “keeps the cookies on the bottom shelf.”

In other words strategies within reach of real life scenarios.

Posted by Teresa  | May 24, 2017 at 9:32PM | Reply

good exercise. i have some work to do

Posted by Ben Phi  | May 24, 2017 at 9:36PM | Reply

Another very powerful challenge that shifts the paradigm of how I work and prioritize things.

The challenge is done, and it seems that I am on the right track to my ideal future but I am allowing unimportant obligations to get in the way of that. For example, I spend too much time going to a culture club rather than focusing on a computer science side-project that could boost my resume as well as put me closer to the job-ready future I have my horizons set on.

I feel like this can be a, say, monthly routine, to ensure that things are not obstructing your path to the ideal future on a frequent basis. It’s good to understand where those obstructions come from and deal with them early, instead of normalize them which makes the task of overcoming them even harder.

Posted by Cathy von Hassel-Davies  | May 24, 2017 at 9:55PM | Reply

WOW!! What an eye opener! I see that I need to make some changes in the things I am doing during the day. I need to focus more in things that will lead me towards my goal.

Posted by Susi  | May 24, 2017 at 10:05PM | Reply

I’m pretty closely aligned. There are areas of improvement and I need to make time for a few key items, but the finish line is on the horizon.

Posted by Laurie  | May 24, 2017 at 10:18PM | Reply

This was a bit eye-opening for me. I have previously worked on the goals and values piece, so I felt a bit ahead of the game yesterday, but when I think of the way I am spending my time – it does not align all that well. This is really making me think in a different way about my side job…

Posted by Mark T. Pearson  | May 24, 2017 at 10:22PM | Reply

Simply amazing how these little exercises bubble to the surface issues that have always been there but we just keep pushing them just under the crest of the water. Out of sight, out of mind. Thanks!

Posted by Aliona  | May 24, 2017 at 10:32PM | Reply

Really an eye opener exercise. Loved it!

Glad to know that to some degree most of time activities I spend time on align to my future vision. Yet, some alignment gaps exist and it really got me thinking…

Posted by Brock Shekelton  | May 24, 2017 at 10:46PM | Reply

Done!! It’s so interesting to see how much time I have clearly focusing on the thi fa that don’t truly matter and less on the things that do. Very eye-opening!

Posted by Dave R  | May 24, 2017 at 11:31PM | Reply

Done! Very insightful exercise

Posted by Michael Peay  | May 24, 2017 at 11:37PM | Reply

This is a good exercise. Done.

Posted by Craig Watson  | May 24, 2017 at 11:38PM | Reply

There is definitely a mismatch that I will need to work on. It is eye opening and a little daunting when you put things like this on paper

Posted by Kaity  | May 24, 2017 at 11:42PM | Reply

Done. Good exercise. I was okay with most of my activities, but realized that some values are not really being fulfilled. I did it together with my husband, which was also great to see how our values align.

Posted by Joel  | May 24, 2017 at 11:54PM | Reply

Good diagnostic exercise… I’m glad to see some of my values reflected in how I spend my time, but not nearly enough.

Posted by Michael  | May 25, 2017 at 12:00AM | Reply

Done. This exericse really helped me to see my life more clearly and identify areas for improvement.

Posted by Dominik  | May 25, 2017 at 12:24AM | Reply

Looks like I was not quite focusing on the right things! Thanks for “opening” my eyes.

Posted by Luciano Rizzi  | May 25, 2017 at 12:27AM | Reply

Done. I realized that I’m in the right path, but need more focus on the few important tasks that will lead me toward my goals.

Posted by Jeff  | May 25, 2017 at 1:58AM | Reply

Day 3 done

Posted by Dalia  | May 25, 2017 at 3:30AM | Reply

Done. I love this exercise!

Posted by Bart dielissen  | May 25, 2017 at 3:52AM | Reply

Completed the assignment! Hmm, need to start steering in the good direction here. There are quite some things with do not support me getting on the right track to my future.

Posted by Debbie  | May 25, 2017 at 4:08AM | Reply

Everyone is always saying how lucky I am to have been born with a natural predisposition to being happy – turns out it’s because I’m living my life in alignment! ;0)
There’s always space to squeeze in more passion and fulfilment though, right?
I’m making a plan …

Posted by Stephen  | May 25, 2017 at 4:39AM | Reply

Oh my goodness – some serious re-alignment is needed!

Posted by mandlods  | May 25, 2017 at 5:06AM | Reply

This exercise has been so eye opening for me. The core activities for where I want to be have been missing from my daily schedule. I have been running with whats in front of me instead of seeing how today counts towards my future. I have identified what I need to do and I am shifting my life to centre on those things in my professional, spiritual and family life. Thank you I am glad I joined this activity its really turning out to be very useful and practical

Posted by Andrew Edwards  | May 25, 2017 at 6:05AM | Reply

It’s one thing knowing it deep down but pushing through with ‘what I have to do’ anyway – It’s another thing facing this off and addressing it! This has been a great exercise for me and a timely wake up call to realign my priorities!

Posted by Mack  | May 25, 2017 at 6:48AM | Reply

Done – too tired to write more today. It’s been a gruelling day at work…

Posted by Jon Surratt  | May 25, 2017 at 7:21AM | Reply

Done. Like others have commented, somewhat eye opening to see this captured in this way. Stresses how valuable the time I can carve out for things most important to me are at the moment, and expanding that time in the future, is.

Posted by Jon Kindel  | May 25, 2017 at 8:20AM | Reply

This was great! I started exercise 3 before going to bed last night, then finished it and folded the page in the morning. Excited for day :-)

Posted by Neil  | May 25, 2017 at 8:26AM | Reply

Ok. Done. I discovered I am both on course and off course. Course corrections needed. Thank you. Day 2 and 3 challenges were outstanding.

Posted by Joe  | May 25, 2017 at 9:40AM | Reply

Done! Powerfull exercise!

Posted by bill  | May 25, 2017 at 9:41AM | Reply

Done – I’m about 50% aligned and 50% unaligned. Which was surprising to me in that I have always thought the two categories lined up pretty closely. So…now what? Working through the last part of the exercise was a little scary. Much of what I thought about in terms of changes to move toward greater alignment seem impractical in terms of what I get paid to do! I had to settle for things I can do now, but that only lead toward incremental changes. Making big changes might mean…making big changes.

Posted by Luis Matos  | May 25, 2017 at 9:48AM | Reply

This exercise is amazing. Real quick and simple but very profound.
Thank you for this.

Posted by Gemma Billings  | May 25, 2017 at 9:52AM | Reply

Well this was an eye-opener. I honestly couldn’t come up with five things I spent my time with, so I asked my husband and he said “bills, cleaning, television, and work.” That’s depressing af and so this has been a great revelation.

Posted by Janeson  | May 25, 2017 at 11:30AM | Reply

It’s hard to believe how much time I spend on “maintenance” and how little I spend on goals. Time to revisit my time allocations.

Posted by Dan  | May 25, 2017 at 12:37PM | Reply

This was painful! Not one of the 5 things I spend the most time on matched up with what’s most important to me. Also, the 5 things I identified being able to do right now all involved developing new habits. Very difficult. Especially with outside influences trying to push me back into the 5 things I do mostly right now.

Posted by Jayson  | May 25, 2017 at 1:48PM | Reply

I’m spending most of my time on activities that move me closer to my goals.

Posted by Kris Kuriger  | May 25, 2017 at 1:56PM | Reply

Im doing a lot of things well. But caught some tasks that can be delegated and use that time for more of my vision and alignment. I think I’m only a few positions away from being in my dream spot!

Posted by Justus  | May 25, 2017 at 2:49PM | Reply

I have done the exercise and the outcome is that I am doing the things that will bring me my ideal future. So far so good. There is only one thing missing and that is making music. I have stopped that because it doesn’t pay the rent. It only costs money. At the same time I miss it. A lot. So I have decided to pick up composing songs again and even play the saxophone (if the neighbors let me). If that works I have the perfect balance.

Posted by chris  | May 25, 2017 at 2:55PM | Reply

a real eye-opening exercise. thanks guys!

Posted by Sten Morten  | May 25, 2017 at 4:22PM | Reply

It is clear that I needed this challenge ;-) As I’m already behind on the exercises….I will definitely use these exercises later on as well. This one shows that I’m on the right track, but it also gave me some clues as to what to work on – starting tomorrow.

Posted by Erin  | May 25, 2017 at 9:21PM | Reply

Done

Posted by Barb  | May 25, 2017 at 11:13PM | Reply

Done – great exercise in clarifying what I need to work on!

Posted by Dan Brocklebank  | May 26, 2017 at 5:23AM | Reply

Another extremely valuable exercise. What was mentioned about ‘being forced’ to do things that aren’t aligned with my vision or what I want to be doing really resonated with me. This is something that has been frustrating me quite a bit lately. This exercise along with the previous two have been invaluable in actually sitting down and getting a clearer picture of what my ideal is and what is within my power to do. Now, time for action!

Posted by Joe DeCarlo  | May 26, 2017 at 2:58PM | Reply

Done, great post

Posted by Michael  | May 26, 2017 at 6:55PM | Reply

Realized I need to cut out #3 on my list of most time spent because it hardly contributes to any of my values. Realized my job (1st on time most spent) contributes only to my 5th value which means I need to make some adjustments. Realized also that I need to revisit this exercise periodically and make revisions.

Posted by Jay  | May 27, 2017 at 2:04PM | Reply

Done. Nothing surprising here but does highlight I’m spending my time in the wrong areas! TV and Internet being the worse culprits.

Posted by anesh naidoo  | May 27, 2017 at 5:28PM | Reply

I was never aligned and had a gut instinct that this was the case. Putting down on paper is scary but I’m taking the next step now.

Posted by Sarah Jackson  | May 28, 2017 at 10:53PM | Reply

This helped me see where I need to make adjustments. Thanks!

Posted by SRB  | May 29, 2017 at 8:50PM | Reply

Better late than never! This exercise helped me to see that I have previously clarified problem areas and planning-wise have made thought movement towards ideals, but as yet lack the discipline to carry forward all these plans. If I can make small improvements incrementally, this may be the best path forward. I was happy to know that at least theoretically I know where things need to head. Thanks for this!

Posted by César orlando Pallares Delgado  | September 10, 2017 at 11:04AM | Reply

I’m surprised as how easy and small exercises can make you this profound reflections.

I know what I want to do, but social networks take so much time of me. I know that, if I apply GDT, I would fulfill my dreams. These would be the two things that I can do right now and would have a huge impact in my life.

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