Get yourself a schedule / by Tyson Pop

One of the best ways to feel a sense of purpose in your day is to have a solid structure. 

Have you ever noticed that when you have all day to get one job done, it's the most difficult thing to do? But if you need to do that same job, say going to the store to pick up milk before it closes, has to be done in the next fifteen minutes because that's when the store closes, then you stop thinking about whether you can be bothered or not. You just get it done. Allocating the time in our day has that capacity to ensure we get done what we need to get done. 

If you feel as though your days have a lack of purpose and direction, create yourself a schedule that you need to stick to. It doesn't need to be to the minute, but it should entail enough clarity that you know what you're working on for each hour of the day. 

The best way I've learnt to know what to include in your daily structure is to be clear about what you're trying to create as an overarching vision of your future. If you know where you're trying to go, it makes planning the directions a lot easier. 

So if you're stuck or feeling like your days have no purpose, here are a few tips:

Schedule your day ahead of time Making sure you're clear on what needs to get done and what you would like to get done. When there's no clarity between these two things, it makes it easy to blur the line and spending most of our time on things we'd like to do and investing no time at all in what we needed to do. 

Be very specific with your goals Make sure that at the end of your day you can clearly say that you either got through your desired list or you didn't. Any grey area leaves our mind to wonder and that's not a good place to find a sense of purpose. Be clear and follow through. 

Take steps in the direction of an overarching goal It's easy to feel a lack of purpose when we're just wandering through life. Instead, have a vision for your life that you are passionate about working towards. Don't confuse passion with excitement. Passion sticks to the cause even when the excitement has worn off. Dream big, be clear and take small steps towards that big goal.