One Important Question to Add Purpose To Your Day

One Important Question to Add Purpose To Your Day

Carrie McBride
Apr 28, 2015

Some days I feel like I'm on auto-pilot: wake up ("time to make the donuts..."), drop off the kids, go to work, pick up the kids, make dinner, put the kids to bed, work a bit more, go to bed. Repeat. In last weekend's post about Maxwell's Sunday routine, readers shared their own routines and one reader remembered a time in her life when she asked herself a simple, but meaningful question every day:

When I was on an 18-month "sabbatical" some years ago, living very near the beach, I read somewhere a suggestion, and I did it for a long time. This reminds me that I'd like to incorporate back into my routine, this question: "What do you want to create today?" It was intended for artists, but I expanded that to include almost anything. For instance, I can answer: "Today I want to create a clean kitchen." as well as "Today I want to create some amazing cookies" or "Today I want to make that mobile I've been thinking about." Asking that question seemed to give me a better sense of purpose each day, and I think that's been sorely missing lately. Thanks for whatever in this article reminded me!


I really like this question and how Rowan has stretched its meaning to encompass doing something for your home or for yourself. Adding one thing to your day that is not part of your day-to-day routine, even if it's something small, feels like an opportunity to add richness or productivity to your life. The open-ended nature of the question could result in so many positive answers.

Thanks Rowan!

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