Want To Be A Productive Person? Choose Your Journeys Wisely

Posted April 21, 2013 by Melissa Foster in Features

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.

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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.

One Comment


    Hi Melissa, your post is perfect example of how tweaking the way you look at something can allow you see new meaning.

    I tend to have a hard time saying no to projects because I really like sharing my skills and being seen as a helpful person. But, if I say yes to too much, I’m not able to be very helpful to anyone.

    Next time I’m in a situation where I need to decide yes or no, I’m going ask if this is a journey that will take me where I want to go. Other questions (like, “Do I have the time to do this? Do I have the skills to do this? Wouldn’t it be fun to do this?) might lead me in a different direction.

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