Is your life wasting away?

“If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” -Benjamin Franklin

 

How much time have you wasted today? Yesterday? Last week?

What have you been wanting to do? Has it gotten done?

Well, what’s stood in your way?

These are questions I ask myself daily. There is so much I always want to do and accomplish in life, yet many don’t get done for one reason or another!

Excuses will always abound.

However, we only have so much life to live before it’s over, so it’s critical we spend it wisely!

Spending it wisely is easier said than done. Motivation is temporary and it’s easy to feel guilty if we aren’t motivated 24/7. It’s especially easy to procrastinate what we should be doing in favor with whatever we feel like doing now.

Whether that be watching TV, looking at our friend’s latest eCards on Facebook, or any other time consumer.

And then days and weeks go by and we look back and think, “Gosh I still haven’t gotten around to doing (insert life fulfilling task here)”.

But what to do about it?

The first thing to do is to document your goals. Whether they are far-reaching (learn to paint) or short term (organize the kitchen).

Secondly, figure out when the best time to accomplish those tasks would be (in the morning before everyone wakes up), and break them down into smaller chunks if it’s a biggie (practice daily, sort through one cupboard at a time).

Thirdly, figure out where all of your time is going! Start a daily log of what you did and for how long. My log on a typical day would look something like this:

  • 5:00am-6:30am – drink coffee and cruise internet at computer
  • 6:30am-8:00am – get ready for and head to work
  • 8:00am-5:00pm – work
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm – eat dinner
  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm – cruise internet/Facebook/blogs/read email
  • 9:00pm – get ready for bed and sleep rest of the day

Wow, I didn’t do anything on my ToDo list! I had an hour and a half in the morning of relaxing with my coffee, and three hours in front of my computer that night!

It’s usually around 8:00 that I start to realize “Hey! My day is almost over already!! Where did it go??”

That’s where applications like RescueTime (if you’re on the computerĀ  a lot like me) will help, and raising self-awareness. After you create your log, you will start becoming more self-aware of what you’re doing instead of just doing it out of routine. Awareness is the first step. RescueTime helps by actually tracking what you’re doing on your computer and for how long. You can also set limits for yourself with it so you budget your time with specific applications and websites.

After awareness, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty of actually doing the things you want to do. And by this I mean starting on a task so that over time you’re making progress towards it getting done. This is probably the hardest step. It’s like how most of us want to exercise daily then don’t feel like it. It’s the starting that is the hardest part, so the key is to just get started!

What helps with this step is the 5-minute rule. Just tell yourself you’ll work on a task for five minutes during those periods of time that you thought would be best or easiest for you to work. Everyone has five minutes. Everyone has five minutes at any given point during the day to do something! Promise yourself you’ll just do it for five minutes, and see what happens.five-minutes

What this does is after your five minutes you’ll end up spending longer. You’re into it. You’re accomplishing something. And it’s feeling good!

So you spend longer on it.

And more gets done.

And so you spend more time…

And it becomes addicting.

It starts to feel so good over time, that it will start to bother you when you don’t spend a few minutes towards your goal. It’s the snowball effect and will build upon itself and build on itself and you’ll look back and be amazed at what you’ve accomplished!

And that’s the point at which you want to be!

 

So what to do now? Your next actions should be:

  1. Make your ToDo list
  2. Decide on a daily time period to work (break down big tasks into smaller chunks if necessary)
  3. Start your daily time log. Do this for about a week
  4. Start using preventative measures if need be to cut down on areas you think you are wasting time (RescueTime, turning the computer off, turning off your phone, closing yourself up alone in a room)
  5. Start doing it! Even if just for 5 minutes. Promise yourself 5 minutes per day. Everyone has 5 minutes to spend.
  6. Snowball effect time!!

 

   

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Lesson for the Day!

For my first post let me just say that no one is perfect and it’s something we all have to live with and accept at some point in our lives to find true happiness.

I have been excited for a long time to start this blog and help the world and I finally got everything set up and…..

Guess what? I misspelled “Radient”. Its supposed to have the letter a, not an e.

Oh well, after googling radient life, there’s not much out there so I won’t get mixed up with anyone else! Works for me šŸ™‚

So, I need to curb my perfectionism and not let the misspelling bother me and go with it, and forgive myself. Everyone makes mistakes and having a cloud over your head from a mistake is no way to live.

So, cheers to more future mistakes and happiness!

   

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