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During a recent marathon of Aaron Sorkin’s great short-lived series “Sports Night” (a marathon that I started by watching both seasons on DVD, which further proves my self-starting skills) I came upon an episode entitled “Moving Day.” As the whip-smart Sorkinian dialogue washed over me throughout the rest of the marathon, it got me thinking about the meaning of the term on a variety of levels. The deduction: every day can and should be a Moving Day.
In the context of the episode the goal was for Sports Night (the fictional show) to move up in the ratings, something they’d strived to do since their first day on the air. In our own lives we should be doing the same, elevating our game as often as we can – every day. While we don’t have the Nielsen people to please and network executives to answer to (okay, some of you may have…and good luck with that), we do have agreements we have made with ourselves to be as productive and proficient as we can be.
We can move forward every day. We can read a book – fiction or non – and that will move us forward in knowledge and literary awareness. We can spend time with our family, which will nurture our relationships with them, moving them forward. We can eliminate a bad habit – or move towards eliminating it – which will give us the opportunity to move forward with the habits that serve us well. We can review our accomplishments and our setbacks – which will move us forward in that we remain on top of them and learn from them. (I think there’s something called “The Weekly Review” that might just work here.)
The bottom line is – in order to be truly productive, you have to move. If you don’t move, you’re standing still…and that’s when life can pass you by.
I guess that means no marathon of The West Wing in one sitting for me. Too many seasons.
Mike Vardy is a regular contributor to GTD Times. With his great sense of humor and self-professed productivity expert credentials, we hope you enjoy his perspectives on GTD!