Want To Be A Productive Person? Choose Your Journeys Wisely

Posted September 2, 2012 by Melissa Foster in On the Ladder

You are always on a journey.

You are reading this article. That’s a journey.

When you watch your favorite TV show – that’s a journey. For example, if you watch The Biggest Loser, you go on a journey where there are extremely overweight people being driven by some pretty ruthless trainers and literally working their asses off. You witness the struggle, the milestones, the weigh-ins, the celebration, etc.

If  you huddle around with other co-workers to discuss how horrible your boss is and the latest terrible thing he/she has done and what you’d like to do to them – you’re going on a journey.

When you go to Taco Bell and eat a #4 combo meal – you’re going on a journey.

When you read a magazine/book – you’re going on a journey.

When you sign on to Facebook – you’re going on a journey.

Understanding that we’re always going on journeys allows us to check in with ourselves to ask one simple question. It’s a question that puts the power to change into our own hands:


As you get into the habit of checking yourself with this kind of question, you’re going to discover that sometimes you find yourself on a journey that:

  • doesn’t lift you up
  • doesn’t bring out the best version of you
  • triggers a side of you that you’d prefer not to deal with
  • seems antithetical to the productive version of you.
Gradually you’ll become more aware of the places and situations you find yourself in, asking yourself the question “Is this a journey I want to take?”. You’ll begin consciously selecting the journeys that fit into the paradigm you want for yourself.

This question is a way to take your life off of auto-pilot.

As you shed unwanted journeys from your routine, you’ll find that your life transforms itself. The self-awareness redirects your mental chatter and reshapes your life. You will feel a shift. And this shift will propel you into a more productive life full of goal-meeting goodness, peace, joy, and FUN.

About the Author

Melissa Foster

A productivity consultant for startups founders and entrepreneurs, Melissa Foster is on a mission to help her clients and readers create flow in their lives... and get big things done. A certified life coach, Melissa's hyper-focused, energetic approach is coupled with wisdom, warmth, and wit. You can get more from Melissa by visiting her website.