How can defining my purpose help me on a day-to-day basis?

If you feel like there’s never enough time to do everything you want to do, you might appreciate this video about defining the purpose that drives your day-to-day activities. Watch the video until the end for an alternative suggestion to traditional New Year’s resolutions--committing to being “bad” at something.

You may download a transcript of the video by clicking here.

Suggested Activity

Imagine: How could a recruiter persuade you to work at Notre Dame? The benefits? The people? Career development opportunities? Making a difference? Think about Notre Dame’s purpose and rephrase it in a way that resonates with you.

Alternative: Do you make space in your schedule for “quality” or Q2 restorative time? What activities make you feel better, more whole, more peaceful, or more content after doing them? Can you schedule time for those activities each week?

Take to Your Team

Individually write a “purpose statement” for your unit. Then gather, discuss, and cooperate to create a version the whole team stands behind. You can use online tools like Poll Everywhere or Slido to submit statements anonymously and vote them up or down; or, assign one team member to be the “scribe” who takes notes while everyone shares. 


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Watch in SkillPort:

  • Prioritizing Purpose – Amy Jen Su [2020] Library ID 150101 [video, 2 min]
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First – Stephen Covey [2008] Library ID: 25029 [video, 4 min]