“Unpurposeful” – it may not be a real word, but it’s a real feeling!

Do you ever feel like you are on autopilot, just going through your daily motions at work and at home? 

It makes me feel like my wheels are spinning.  I feel totally unproductive and definitely not purposeful!

It’s ironic because I am so focused, have a clear idea of where I’m going and know where I want to end up, but sometimes I still feel totally unproductive.

For those of you thinking…’take a chill pill Victoria’, it’s not about an inability to unplug and take time off. I do that SUPERBLY!

What I’m talking about is feeling unpurposeful.   Not having a clear idea of what I want to be focusing on.

Here are 3 tips that I use to help me get out of my own way…and back to being purposeful.


No joke. I read something that interests or inspires me.

This past weekend I was inspired by the most recent issue of Women of Influence magazine. I love reading about other women’s journeys. Their stories.  It fuels and motivates me.  That’s what makes me tick…but maybe not you;)


When I am feeling like I’m unproductive or unfocused, I remind myself to just think of jONE thing. One goal, or maybe it’s something I want to start doing differently.   Bringing my attention to one specific thing allows me to start feeling productive.


What a cliché, but it’s true. Take action. Make it happen.

For me it was signing up for a boxing class and giving back.  The giving back took the form of telling people about a great gift idea for your colleagues, boss, family, etc…

A gift that keeps on giving.….where you purchase a gift, on behalf of the person you are buying for, but the gift is given to less fortunate and incredibly deserving children that are part of the Hannehowardfund.org.  I have no way of attaching the PDF with the information, but if you want to avoid buying of the sake of buying…. these are meaningful and incredibly ‘productive’ gifts that truly impact the course of a child’s life.  Email me at Victoria@turnercoaching.com and I’ll send you the info!

4 thoughts on ““Unpurposeful” – it may not be a real word, but it’s a real feeling!

  1. We are on the same wavelength right now. Yes, sometimes I feel I’m spinning my wheels, especially when I lose sight of the fact that I truly am my own boss. No matter what results materialize, I am the one and only person responsible for those results. The #1 step for me is “Check The Attitude.” If the attitude sucks, readjust and turn it around. No one is going to reap the rewards of hard work if their not moving forward with a good healthy attitude. It’s tricky, I think, because in the workplace negativity tends to spread like a disease or virus. Even as an independent, the “workplace vibe” can easily spread through an email, text, or phone call. In the end, I agree- Make It HAPPEN! Cheers! -Laura

    • Hey Laura, I love your perspectives. They totally resonate. Attitude is critical, and it’s only up to us to adjust it. I was at an event this afternoon honouring Canada’s most 100 Powerful Women and Lisa Lisson, President of FedEx Express Canada shared her unbelievable story with us, then her top 10 list of which #3 was that we have to control our thoughts, mood and ATTITUDE.

      Thanks for sharing!

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