It takes a lot of time to figure out meaningful work.

We tell ourselves that figuring out what we’re meant to do is hard. That it takes a ton of time. And we are just too busy for that.

What no one tells us is that this kind of thinking is what’s keeping us stuck...

Stuck in jobs we hate and can’t wait to leave at the end of the day.

Stuck waking up every morning feeling unmotivated.

Stuck mindlessly doing the same thing every day because it’s what others expect of us.

the good news is that there is another way

Last summer, I discovered this guy named Robert Maurer who actually wrote a little book called One Small Step Can Change Your Life. When I say little, I mean literally the book is about the size of my hand.

And according to Robert,

“In our ‘bigger is better’ culture of IMAX movies, supersize meals, and extreme makeovers, it’s hard to believe that small steps can lead to big changes.”

So what happens is that we tend to ask ourselves questions like…

What am I doing with my life?

What am I meant to do?

How can I make a difference?

The problem with these types of questions is that they are so big that they don’t help us figure out what we want to do.

On top of that, the answer to each of these questions is usually “I don’t know!” and that is not exactly helpful for us to turn into actionable steps.

Instead of getting overwhelmed by the enormity of these decisions, try asking yourself a small question.

Here are a few to get you started:

What can I do about this today?

Who is one person I know who can help me?

When was a time I did work that I enjoyed?

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

{Vincent Van Gogh}

I can tell you from personal experience that this is true.

I’ve also learned that if you can find 10 minutes a day, you can start asking yourself small questions and begin taking those small steps toward figuring out what you’re meant to do.

Try this: Set a reminder on your phone for just 10 minutes to answer one of the following questions either in a notebook or your notes app:

What can I do today about this today?

Who is one person I know who can help me?

When is a time I have done work that I enjoyed?

And keep in mind, some time spent on this is better than no time.