Time is a funny thing, isn’t it?
- The past feels like it happened so long ago
- The present feels like it’s going to last forever
- The future feels like it is never going to come
But the craziest part is, before you know it, the future is now and the present is a distant memory.
Ever since we were little we’ve been taught things like, “Live your life to the fullest!”, “Live every day like it was your last!”, “No regrets!”. All of these have to do with seizing the moment and not letting the present slip into the past without taking full advantage of it. We’re taught that if we do not maximize our time, we will have lived a life full of regret. It’s hard to know if this is true or not. It seems logical to be true! Does that mean every single waking hour of the day has to be jam packed with fun/exciting/dramatic/tough things we accomplish?!
I once heard an amazing analogy about the three types of people in this world:
- People who make things happen
- People who watch things happen
- People who wonder what just happened
Which type of person ARE you? Which type of person do you WANT TO BE? Me personally, I think I’m somewhere in between all three of these! I know I make things happen and get stuff done – without a doubt. I can’t help but watch what others are doing around me from time to time – it’s just so cool what they’re doing! Yeah… sometimes I do just scratch my head and think, “What the heck??!!” because I’m blown away by something I saw. But what is the right type of person we should be? What do you WANT for your own life?
One of the things I teach in my eCourse is about making and finding the time necessary to create the content you want to post about. If you’re like me, you wake up every morning with a list of things you know you need to get done that day. You also wake up with a bunch of things you want to do but don’t necessarily “need” to get done. Finally, there are things you waste your time on throughout the day and things you wish you finally got the guts to just do, but never feel like you have time to do them… Either way, there is A LOT of this STUFF out there, fighting for our time and attention. This very blog post is fighting for your attention!
So how can you go from not having enough time in the day to finish the things you HAVE to do, to being in command of the tasks we do and what we fill our time with?
- Write down all of the things you do in a day
That’s right – I want you to write down E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. you do, just for 1 day. When you do this, you’ll realize, “Man! I actually spend a lot more time than I realize on things that I don’t actually NEED to do!” When you step back and look at what you actually spend your time on, you realize it’s filled with cat videos and Instagram posts from people you don’t even remember how you’re following them!
- Make a to-do list and stick to it
I always have a to do list on my computer, phone or email. It’s the tool I use that nags me and nags me until I get the tasks done that I HAVE to do but don’t necessarily want to. Once you get them done, there is a bit of a euphoric feeling that comes over you and you feel accomplished. It will give you a shot of energy and you can keep going on the next thing, and the next thing, until you’ve got it all done!
- Pause throughout the day and think, “Is this something I’m going to be proud I’m doing, tomorrow morning?”
As the day grows old, we get tired. Our brains get foggy and our judgment begins to change a little bit. If it’s late and I have a hard decision to make, I will go to sleep and wait until morning to make the decision because I want to be fresh and capable of making the right choice. I don’t want to waste my time making the wrong choice which will require me to go back and fix what I did.
The bottom line is this: If we become cognizant of what our real goals are, what we are doing to achieve them, and what is fighting to occupy our time, we will find the time we need to get the things done that matter most. I challenge you to analyze your life and re-prioritize what’s important to you and let the things that are not, fall out of your life.