Finding purpose and making progress

We aren't encouraged to spend time in deep self reflection. But to achieve meaningful things, you first need a purpose, and then a way to track progress towards your long term goals.


As a founder, I know the struggle of finding purpose and making progress all too well.

When I first started a startup, I was wading blind into trying to build something new in the world. I was working long hours, but wasn't making progress and was basically burning out, which led me to feel somewhat purposeless. My work habits were impacting my ability to find purpose and make progress.

Without having a strong why for what I was doing, I was like a ship without a compass, sailing aimlessly without a destination.

The first step towards finding purpose is self-reflection. It's about understanding who you are, what you value, what you're good at, and what you're passionate about. It's about asking yourself hard questions and being honest with the answers. It's not an easy process, but it's a necessary one.

Once you've found your purpose, the next step is making progress. This is where many people get stuck. They have a clear vision of what they want, but they don't know how to get there. That's where setting goals comes into play. Goals give you a roadmap to follow. They break down your vision into manageable steps.

But setting goals without seeing your progress towards them can also be demotivating. For me, one real game-changer was discovering deep work tracking.

At the start of 2021, after an exhaustive search through various productivity tools and time trackers, I began building a tool called Magicflow to track my work and especially my deep work. Using Magicflow, I was able to understand how to improve my focus and concentration, and make steady progress towards my goals.

This was crucial during the pandemic, when my motivation and inspiration were at an all-time low. With deep work tracking, I was able to stay focused and get more done, which helped me feel more in control and fulfilled. I started feeling more energized and focused throughout the day.

Finding purpose and making progress is not a linear journey. There will be ups and downs, successes and failures. But remember, it's not about the destination, it's about the journey. It's about growing, learning, and becoming the best version of yourself.

If you're feeling stuck, take some time to reflect on your purpose. Set clear, achievable goals. Stay consistent. Learn from your failures.

Magicflow is a productivity coach that tracks your work habits and provides real-time feedback, deep work tracking, and integration with Apple Health. It was a lifesaver for me during the pandemic, and I believe it can be for you, too. If you're ready to take control of your work habits and boost your productivity and well-being, I encourage you to try Magicflow for yourself. You can learn more and get started at