Doing what you have to do vs. doing what you want to do

Venn diagram

The other day, I said to my wife, “Oh crap, I haven’t blogged yet today, I have to blog.”

She responded with, “Why don’t you do what you want to do, instead of what you have to do?”

I’ve thought about that for the last few days.

Yeah, there are days where I don’t want to blog, and it’s something that I feel like I have to do.

But I want to keep up my streak of blogging every weekday.

There will always be things that you have to do but don’t really want to.

Run that boring report. Clean your toilet bowl. Unpack.

And of course, there are things that you want to do.

Plan that fun work event. Drink a beer. Watch Netflix and chill.

The best situation is when what you have to do is what you want to do.

Work out.  Write that interesting article. Close that deal you’ve been working on for months.

Try to find that intersection of the venn diagram of things that you want to do and things that you have to do, and you’ll be good.

How many things that you have to do are what you want to do? I’d love to hear from you. Write your thoughts in the comments, tweet at me @mikewchan, or email me at

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