This post is the fourth in a series dedicated to updating Jane Austen’s “accomplished woman” to create a definition more fitting for the modern world. You can read the earlier posts here, here and here.
I’ve always been a hard worker.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, really. I’m a classic firstborn child: the self-starting, responsible type.
For years I thought this let’s-buckle-down-and-get-to-work attitude was good for two things: getting good grades and doing well at my day job. Because for years, that’s what “work” meant to me. It took me years to realize that the ability to get the job done is much more than that: it’s a life skill.
I grew up and it slowly dawned on me that my “work” wasn’t just limited to my school or my office job. My whole life is comprised of millions of tasks that require choosing and planning and, in the end, just getting the job done. And since it’s my life I’m talking about, I’d like those jobs to actually be done–and be done well.
And that’s why I’m going to say that the accomplished woman is successful in her work, because her “work” is whatever she’s gotta get done. Noted productivity guru David Allen agrees, broadly labeling “work” as “anything that you want or need to be different than it currently is.”
I’ve been thinking about my work a lot these days. I’ve been tinkering with my planner and plotting my time and noting the way I use it and thinking of what I want to get done–what’s important, what’s realistic, what’s just a pipe dream for this season. Because I’m the one who ultimately chooses what my “work” is, and I want to choose wisely.
This plays out in countless ways in countless real lives, but ultimately, the modern accomplished woman knows what her work is. And then she gets it done.
What’s the work that you’ve gotta get done?
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