Why You Should Start With Why... Even With Your Weekend!


People tend to go somewhere, go do something. They ask, ‘What do you want to do this weekend?’ and, ‘Where do you want to go on holiday?’

But there’s a problem with this: wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you do, it’s still you who’s doing it.

Luxury travel firm Brown + Hudson have come up with a neat idea that jumps this problem: Journey With No Destination.

Instead of picking a place, you discuss yourself with them – who you are, why you want to travel, what you want out of life – then they figure out an itinerary that helps that stuff happen.

Perhaps we could all take tips from this. Instead of planning your time around a place or a particular activity, begin with the end in mind:

  1. What do you want out of your weekend?

    1. To escape? To forget work?

    2. Excitement?

    3. Sleep?

    4. To connect with your family?

    5. Something else… what?

  2. What are your overall goals in life? How could your leisure time help?

So, next time you start thinking about your time off, instead of thinking about where you’ll go and what you’ll do, how about asking why and ‘What do I want from this weekend?’

And only once you have an answer to that question, then start planning your where and your what.

PS This reminds me of 2 things: the 5 Whys, a technique pioneered by Toyota for solving problems, and also Rudyard Kipling’s great poem:

I keep six honest serving men

(They taught me all I knew)

Their names are What and Why and When

And Where and How and Who.