Want to not suck at life? Learn to use your most valuable (arguably invaluable) asset you have to it’s full potential. I’m not talking about money, nor any crazy talents you might have, nor skills you may have developed. I’m talking about your time.
Time is the most valuable thing you have. Use it wisely. It is something that everyone has, but no one knows how much of it they have been given. Therefore, it is the most valuable, and available, thing you have in your life! If you knew you only had 1 year left to live, would you change how you currently live your life? Probably. I know I would. Of course, 1 year isn’t a lot of time, so I ‘d probably throw caution to the wind and end up traveling the world, eating waaaay to much food, and leaving behind a pile of debt…not the greatest idea, but hey, it’s my year! Forget about cramming all the exciting things in life into a 1-year window, but focus on the point. If you want to get somewhere in life (whether that be financially, physically, mentally, or emotionally) you need to start spending your time, right now, on those things. You are never gonna learn that new skill, or get better at whatever your goal is, unless you put in the time. With enough time, I believe people can do anything. 10 minutes a day is all you need, if you are in it for the long hall.
People often overestimate what they can do in the short term (months), and underestimate what they can accomplish in the long term (years). This can be a huge problem, especially when setting goals or tracking progress! The little things add up. Life is busy, and can be crazy, but most of us can spare 10 minutes a day to read part of a book, learn a new math formula, or watch a video on how to fix a washing machine. I was able to “learn” the splits in about 2 months of stretching for 10 minutes a day. Most people also don’t realize that if they saved $10 a day from their 20’s, and put it in a retirement account, they would be a millionaire by age 65. $10 a day. A penny saved is a penny earned. Skip the Starbucks and you are halfway there! I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have smaller, short term goals, but don’t over shoot those and forget about long-term plans! Time is your greatest asset (also your most valuable since you have no idea how much you have!) So spend it wisely!
One of the best ways to I have found for spending my time effectively is to schedule it out. Blank space on the calendar, or to-do list, is the devil. If you are like me, then when you get home from a long day, no matter how psyched up you are for your goals, You are gonna make dinner, and chill. it doesn’t matter if I get home at 7pm, or 10. Once I get home for the day, it is hard for me to do anything besides relax. So how do I combat this? There are a few ways that help me.
First off, do the important stuff early. Start waking up a bit earlier so you can get that bit of reading in, or knock your jog out of the way. Not only will this help you accomplish your goals, but when you get the important stuff done first thing, it makes your whole day better! You get the “I-did-something-important-today” feeling before lunch, which will help keep you motivated all day.
The other thing I do, rather, something I don’t do, is this: I will not go home until I’ve done what I need to do. Period. I’m a creature of habit, and I know that when I get home, I will be sitting down watching Netflix within 30 minutes. It’s how I like to unwind after a long day. So, whether I need to work on my writing, read a few chapters in a book, spend some time training, or whatever, I make sure I do it before I get home for the night. You know yourself better than I do. If you need to stop at a coffee shop on the way home so you can get that reading done, then that’s what you need to do. If you know that going home to “grab your gym clothes” and go for a run or workout turns into you getting caught up with life at home and not working out, then you better make sure you pack those clothes the day before.
So, if you want to get better at something, spend your time on it! Start today. You don’t know how much time you have, so you better get to work on those goals! Keep the long-term play in mind, but set out little 10 minute tasks that will help you get there. And Don’t Fricken Quit!