Thursday, 26 March 2015

Do something you put off

Go for a walk.
Exercise at the gym.
See a movie with friends.
Visit that Uncle or Aunt.
Play golf on the weekend.
Sit back and read a book.
Play with your children.
Plan an excursion to the amusement park.
All pleasant enough activities that we would like to do, in fact activities that we enjoy doing too. Yet somehow we never get around to doing them. Why?
A very common cry these days is "I don't have time to do that." Yet each of us knows some lucky individual who has the time to do it and enjoy himself as well. Despite the fact that he has a demanding job and enough pressures of his own to handle, so why don't we have the time?
As far as I know nature didn't invent time, Man did. Then he decided to go one step further and make himself a time table. After which he decided to punish himself by worries about meeting all his deadlines and in case he did not, catastrophe loomed large over his head.
The recipe for disaster is perfect, keep piling on more and more things to do in the so called working day and keep penalizing your personal life. One fine morning you realize you can't cope with all the pressures and decide to quit either the job or your life. In short, disaster achieved.
So let's take a step back and look at what went wrong. Not everyone ends up with a nervous breakdown due to pressures of work, how do they handle it? They prioritize! Not just their work at the office but also what they want out of other spheres of their life such as Family/friend priorities, Academic priorities, Fitness priorities, Travel priorities, Holiday priorities, Creative priorities, Financial priorities, etc.
Decide what you want out of life. Make a list and then head in that direction with baby steps. Be realistic with yourself and don't make irrational demands on the time that you have. Do what is on your list of priorities and not only will you be happier, you will have time to do what you truly want to as well.
Remember the Law of the Slight Edge: Small changes, over time, make a big difference.
Sit down today, in fact right now with a pen and a paper to write down a list of things that you feel you should be doing. It could be any thing from talking to your cousin on the phone to getting that flower pot outside a flowering plant. Just keep jotting down every thing that you feel you want to do but never seem to have the time to do.
Once you have put it all down in writing, put numbers on each task giving them priorities. For instance going for a walk every day will come ahead of getting a gift for your friend's birthday. Put down numbers on each and every task on that list. Now see what all you can do today. Yes you need to start taking action today for this whole exercise to be effective.
Even if it is a small task make sure you tick it off your list with flourish as you finish it. Now concentrate on the remaining tasks. Need to see a movie on the weekend? Book those tickets online right now.
Want to find time to visit that Aunt or Uncle? Call them up and ask them when it's a good time to visit. It will make you take a commitment to visit them at that day and time. Much harder to break that than a general I'll come and see you one of these days.
Once you start you will enjoy the things you are doing. They will not seem to take too much time out of your regular day when you plan ahead and organize yourself well. That is the secret to making time for yourself.

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