It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Many of us live the same day repeatedly. We get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, and go to bed. The next day is a re-run. We all have other things we’d like to accomplish, but it seems that we run out of day before we have time to work on the more meaningful parts of life. If you want to be happy and more productive you must make time for the things that are truly meaningful to you.
I hope you enjoyed the short video.
Before you more on, quickly reflect on the following …
How much time do you spend on the most important aspects of your life – those activities that fulfill your life purpose? Has your life changed considerably in the last year? The last 10 years? At your current rate of progress, where will you end up 10 years from today?
I hope these questions made you think at least.
In the rest of this post I will share with you some time-saving activities to free up part of your day for more important matters. Remember what I said in the video — happiness and productivity come from making progress on things that matter to us.
- Create a to-do list each day. Spend a few minutes each evening and make a list for the following day. Decide how you’re going to spend your time each day. Include tasks that address both short-term needs and long-term objectives.
- List your focus for the next year. It might be to get a promotion, increase your skill on the piano, or become a more effective parent. It’s not possible to reliably create a fantastic life or accomplish amazing things without being aware of them beforehand.
- Knowing your purpose for the next 12 months will prevent you from wasting your time on less important tasks. In fact, if you can try and know your purpose for the next 6 months.
- Focus on progress and forget perfection. This is the one I referred to in the video. Perfection takes too long and is often not even possible. It’s also not much better than doing the job well. Perfection is often used as an excuse to spend too much time on a task. Do the task at the appropriate level and move on. Aim for progress or growth, and constantly improve rather than procrastinate until the ever so elusive “perfection” shows up.
- Take a moment several times each day to evaluate your progress and activity. Are you spending your time wisely? Is there a better action you could be taking? It’s easy to be caught up in meaningless tasks. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re accomplishing anything meaningful.
- It’s time for everyone to give up the notion that multitasking is efficient. Studies repeatedly show that multitasking is less efficient. Just because you’re better at multitasking than everyone else doesn’t mean it’s the optimal solution. Do one thing and then move on. Focused action is much better and efficient.
- Notice how you waste time. When you’re bored, how do you amuse yourself? What do you do when you procrastinate? Social media, television, web surfing, and texting are the more common activities. Notice how you waste time and recognize when it happens. A handy little tool to install on your devices that track what you’re doing on them is Rescue Time at RescueTime.com.
- The sooner you’re able to stop yourself, the better the odds of success.
- Just say “no.” That simple word can be challenging to utter. We don’t like to disappoint others. Once you have a reputation for saying “yes,” the requests never stop. You’ll be driving your neighbour to the airport and get stuck baking the cake for every office celebration.
- Refusing requests is a way of respecting your time and goals. Avoid biting off more than you can chew. Be helpful, but not at the expense of your own life. You will end up regretting much of it or worse, despising people.
- Schedule time for yourself. Outside of work, meals, and sleep, most of us fail to schedule adequately. If your dream is to author a novel, build time into your daily schedule to sit down and write. Remember the point I made in the video about spending time on what’s meaningful to you and how that flows over into other areas of your life also. We are not compartments.
- Declutter your life. Sure, get rid of the extra junk on the shelves, but there’s more to a full decluttering. Drop the activities, people, thoughts, and ideas that take up time or energy without providing an acceptable level of return. Let go of the things that prevent you from focusing on your life purpose.
It’s easy to squander away your time. With much of our days filled with work and sleep, it can be challenging to find the time for other activities. However, follow this idea to get back on track and start building a life that makes you happy — Define your purpose and things you truly and make them a MUST in your life! Your life will be enhanced immeasurably.
I hope this served you in some way today!
Please leave your comments and questions below as I would love to hear from you!
Remember — grow your mind — cherish your health — and feed your spirit — daily!