It’s a question that might cross your lips several times a day.
Usually when something or someone has utterly frustrated your best laid plans.
Or hasn’t come back to you.
Or bombards you with overwhelming amounts of back-covering questions.
Mostly “what’s the point?” is rhetorical.
You’re not actually looking for a reply. You just want to express your frustration.
But what if we did go looking for an answer?
What if we asked ourselves “how could this be more meaningful?” or even more responsibly, “how can I make this more meaningful?”.
There would probably only ever be two answers:
- Stop doing it or make it stop.
- Change it for the better.
Despite our best intentions, we are still driven by process – bureaucracy, systems, adherence to the way things have always been done.
Process makes us feel better because – in a bid to feel in control – most of us spend our working lives frantically pushing around bits of paper, swiping endless social media eye-blinks and shovelling information into virtual boxes.
But what if we chose to seek more meaning in everything we do? A combination of Kaizen (continuous improvement) and Mindfulness. Wouldn’t it be a more authentic way to respond?
We’d probably start to understand “the point” a bit better.
- How does what I’m doing right now fit into a bigger picture?
- Who does it serve?
- What difference does it make to a wider purpose?
- How do I feel about it?
- What would make me feel differently?
It might sound like a bit of a slog. But a deep-dive focus on even one tiny ball-ache can lead to a bigger insight and greater change in your everyday working life.
Getting to grips with multiple, tiny moments of meaning throughout the day can feel more authentic than the never-ending tyranny of the post-it note and to-do lists which simply creates more of the same “stuff” that you want to escape.
You may even discover “the point” on the way.