ONE OF the most important things in your life is having a purpose. And one of the best ways to feel better and have a more fulfilling, meaningful existence is to make progress on your goal. Chores and distractions, however, can easily absorb so much of your time that you never get around to doing something toward your goal. That's frustrating, and it brings you down, which makes you less motivated to work on your goal. It makes you less motivated to do the one thing almost guaranteed to bring you up.
This question — what could you do to make some progress on your goal — focuses your attention on something that will make a difference to you right now and in the long run. It makes you feel better immediately to make progress on a goal. And the ultimate achievement of your goal will make a difference to you in the long run.
And all you need to do is make some progress. It’s not either you work for ten hours on your goal or you can’t do anything about it. You can almost always do something that will make some progress toward your goal, and a little is much better than nothing. The question is what could you do, not what would be the most ideal if everything were perfect. If you think of something and it would take three hours and you only have fifteen minutes, keep thinking. What could you do?
Try it right now. What could you do to make some progress on your most important goal?