What do you have to do?
In this job?
In this life?
It should trickle down, right? My big life aims should shape the work I’m doing. The impact I want to make in my work should drive my project list, which should shape my monthly calendar, which will structure my week, which will tell me what I need to work on today.
Of course it’s a luxury if it works like that. For many the world over, there is but one life aim: survive. Secure food and shelter for yourself and your family through whatever means of employment you can get. Today is all that matters, then–the hours I need to work to earn the money I need to put food on the table. That’s my impact.
If you get to decide what you want to work on, you have a tremendous, historically rare, gift. Use it well.