in Productivity

Stop What You’re Doing Right Now and Ask WHY?

whynotI’m trying something new this week and it’s been helping my productivity. Before I take on any new task on my to-do list, I ask myself why.

Why am I doing this task?

I started doing this when I found myself doing tasks that I added days, maybe even a week before, and I completely forgot why it’s important in the first place.

Then I realized, there are a lot of things I do because I think that’s what I’m supposed to do, but I don’t really know why.

Why am I writing this blog post?

If you’re writing a post for content marketing, why? Is it to get email subscribers? Get sales? Build trust and you don’t really care if people sign up for anything?

When you’re pitching press, why? Do you just want traffic? Do you want to build credibility?

When you’re writing copy, why? What is the goal of this section? Is it to inform? Is it to sell? Is it to entertain?

If you’re like me, you might have found yourself just writing that post, just pitching press and just writing whatever copy came to mind just because it was on my to-do list.

It can help you stay focused too. Why are you reading this blog post right now? Is it to learn? Is it to be inspired? Is it just because you’re bored and someone tweeting this link?

Why are you checking Facebook?

Why are you watching that video?

Ask why, especially when you don’t want to hear the answer.

Stop to ask why before you do everything.

Because then, when you’re doing it, you’ll know what the goal is. And you know why it’s important or a complete waste of your time.

  • lizheinlein

    DavidSpinks When my four year old asks why, I kind of want to slap him… That said, great post. 🙂

    • DavidSpinks

      lizheinlein why? (=

      • lizheinlein

        DavidSpinks *SLAP*

  • DavidSpinks

    rrhoover WHY (=

  • staringispolite

    rrhoover DavidSpinks So important. Love Steve Jobs’ version too, “If you had a year to live, would you be doing what you’re doing?”

    • DavidSpinks

      staringispolite that ones more intense… and more better (= rrhoover

  • Freak0n0mist

    rrhoover also, literally turned off my phone and went to workout after reading this and subsequently typing this

    • rrhoover

      Freak0n0mist booyah!

  • ImaginaryDesign

    This is probably the best advice I’ve heard recently, so true.

    • DavidSpinks

      ImaginaryDesign Thanks man, glad you enjoyed it (=