Enough Time In The Day
Some people I know have asked me how I plan to achieve over fifty goals. How can I possibly become the person I dream of being when I have to go to work, get stuck in traffic, go grocery shopping, wash clothes, alphabetize my dvd’s, etc… Well, here’s the key – I schedule time to do so.
Yeah, I could watch every episode of 24 this weekend, or I could decide to spend part of my day off actually going and learning to ride a horse. Which of those two choices is going to benefit me more and help me achieve my goals? It’s a matter of prioritizing.
Instead of mindlessly checking Facebook 70 times a day, while simultaneously channel surfing, and harassing my fellow Cool By Intent writers with an insane number of pointless texts, I could be meeting a friend for lunch, going for a bike ride, reading a new book, or working out. How we spend our time is important, it defines us. Whether you want to be defined as that chick who has every line to every episode of Scooby Doo memorized, or if you want to be known as a skilled sky diver, how you spend your time is important.
Scheduling time to work on acquiring the skill set you want to have is the best way to not get bogged down with day to day life. We all have super busy days where we feel like we didn’t get enough done, but chances are we did something on those days that we didn’t need to spend time doing – sleeping in, taking a nap, watching that zombie movie on tv, just kicking back and chillin’ to the radio for a while. The point is, there is enough time in the day if you say to yourself, at X time I’m going to work on Y for Z hours.
Here are a few quick tips:
- Limit distractions – Stay away from your phone, Facebook, Reddit, Imgur, TV or whatever your distracting vice is for a set period of time. Try it for half an hour and see how much progress you make.
- Break large projects up into smaller ones – Instead of looking at planting your garden as a huge task, break it into smaller ones. Plan a time to get your tools organized, figure out where you want things planted, when you want to get seeds or seedlings, and plan when you want to actually plant them. Every big task is made up of many smaller ones.
- Prioritize – Do you need to organize your dvds by genre and then alphabetize them today, or is this something that can wait until the weekend when you have some free time? Most importantly,
- Make A To Do List – Write out everything you need (note: not want, we’ll cover that another time) to do. Look over your list and figure out what is going to be the most time consuming, and what is a top priority. Once you have the absolute must get done portion figured out, you can figure out where the rest of your list falls. From there it’s just a matter of actually going out and taking care of business.
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