Captain Kirk and Katniss Everdeen have Personal Missions. Do you?

By the end of this post, you will start to craft your personal mission statement.


There came a day unlike any other when I discovered I could not do everything that everyone wanted me to do. If I tried, I could not take care of my own health and well-being. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t want to become a self-serving clod. I just wanted to give deliberately, love on purpose, and feel that every moment of my life was serving a higher purpose than just “getting along.”

15 Minutes Per Day is a method to create bite-sized chunks of to-dos throughout the day. These to-dos are focused on personal and professional development. Think of it as taking time to drink an 8-ounce glass of water every hour to keep the body refreshed. And the more one exerts oneself, it is important to drink more water. Likewise, the more life asks of us, it is vitally important that we take out time for water breaks—or in this case, 15 minute break periods where we refresh and reinvigorate our brains. It is also important to—as much as possible—break up larger projects into 15 minutes segments to keep the brain alert.

“There came a day unlike any other when I discovered I could not do everything that everyone wanted me to do.”

In today’s world of information overload, being able to separate out the necessary from the unnecessary is a vital tool for improved productivity. Do you feel overwhelmed by your list of to-dos? ―

If you do, you must resign yourself to this: It is impossible to get everything done. So stop trying! Instead, learn how to realistically schedule your day so that you feel more accomplished. If you do not do this, you are setting yourself up for disappoint each waking period.

Since your time is valuable , let’s jump right in. (Plus, I want you to complete reading this in under 15 minutes)

True story. There was a time when this summed up my day: I would wake up. I would take whatever the day handed me without much deliberate planning. I would go to work. After I had expended my best brainpower on the job, I came home and handled whatever I could with the time leftover in the day. Not very satisfying at all.

Sound familiar? ― I decided, no more! I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish: volunteering, exercising on the regular; reading books for personal development, writing, learning American Sign Language and Spanish; producing a comic book.

But if I waited for my work to get done, it would never happen. Life (a.k.a. boss, family, and friends) would run me ragged. Why? Because all three of those vampiristic entities know what they want from me and how to extract it from my bleeding frame.  Who are the vampires in your life? ― Okay. Maybe I am being a bit harsh by calling them vampires. Generally, they don’t do it on purpose. How do I know?

Because, I know I can be a bit of a leech sometimes too.

I have friends or family members who are more likely to say ‘yes’ to me. So, I naturally ask them to do things that I could do on my own if I chose to summon the brainpower. (For instance, inviting my tech-savvy nephew over for dinner with an “oh, by the way, can you take a look at my computer for me?” slipped in.)

And, loathe you are to admit it, you are a Yes-person to somebody. Can you form a mental list of the people who come to you to get it done, whatever ‘it’ might be? ― Most of us are like this at work. If we do not have a solid personal mission in life, it will be impossible for us to manage our life and cut out the miles of minutiae that slaughter the average office worker.

My personal mission is “finding happiness by helping other people succeed.”

In order to determine what the more important things are, you need to know your personal mission in life. Captain Kirk, Jason Bourne, and Katniss Everdeen all have personal missions. Do you? ― My personal mission is “finding happiness by helping other people succeed.”

If what I am doing at the current moment doesn’t play into that, then I, frankly, have no interest in doing it. And I use my 15 Minutes Per Day method to find learning nuggets and personal practices to help me fulfill my stated mission.

There are websites out there that can help you craft your personal mission statement like or I think a simple statement that encompasses all aspects of your life (career, family, health, and spirituality) is the best.

Here is your 15 Minute Per Day to-do list

  • Go to your personal calendar and place a 15 minute block to “Research Personal Mission Statement” web sites.
  • When that time arrives, “Research Personal Mission Statement” web sites.
  • Once completed, schedule 15 minutes on your calendar to “Meditate on My Own Mission Statement”.
  • When “Meditate on My Own Mission Statement” arrives, do it. Do not allow yourself to get distracted. Only use technology to make notes. Hide from your kids.
  • As needed, follow the above process to do more research or take more time for meditation.
  • Finally, schedule a 15 minute period where you will write down you first draft mission statement. Guess what. It doesn’t need to be perfect. You can always modify it later.

In conclusion, there are benefits of having a personal mission statement. It helps you be in control of your mind and feel happy about how you spend your valuable time. Sounds obvious. But, time and again, we seem to miss the point of why we do certain things. Only after having spent precious hours on a task do we suddenly realize to our horror that we have wasted a lot of time on something that was not necessary to do at all. Has this happened to you before? ―

Having a personal mission statement also allows you to set up goals that align with what makes you happy in life.  People with goals tend to be more focused and efficient. Here is a piece of interesting research: Edwin Locke, a psychology researcher, performed a series of tests on two sets of people: one with goals and one without. He found out that those with goals were 16% more productive. That’s an hour in an 8-hour day!

So, put time on your calendar to develop your personal mission statement today!

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