Here we go again. Yet another month has passed, and you’re no closer to that goal of yours. “I don’t have the time”, you tell yourself. But is that truly the case? You see others around you making headway and think, “If only I had the time, they’re so lucky.” But are they? Or have they simply adjusted their life to accommodate this new-found success?
Sacrifice isn’t one of my favorite words to use. In fact, I think it paints a misconception that one must cry blood and tears before any good comes their way. This is simply not the truth. I prefer the phrase “temporary trade-off”. Trading off your time, money and/or energy today, for a smoother long-term ride tomorrow (you know, one with more free time, money and energy), is what it ultimately takes to achieve big. So how bad do you want it? Are you willing to put in what it takes right this moment, if you have the chance to reap the rewards in the future?
I don’t know about you, but I believe long-term visions are the way to go. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? How about 10? If you’re doing things the way you’ve always done them, you will be in the same place, guaranteed…with a few years shaved off of your life and a few wrinkles added. Not my idea of fun. Below, I will share 3 tips to increase your productivity, helping you to find the time that you think you do not have, so that you can achieve those big goals once and for all. Sounds like something you’d be interested in? Great, let’s dive right in.
1. Watch Less TV
New York Daily News estimates that children aged 2-11 watch over 24 hours of television per week, while adults aged 35-49 watch more than 33 hours (and this increases as we grow older). The average person in the United States watches 5 hours of television a day! That means that more than an entire day per week is spent in front of a television. I cannot be the only one that finds this mind-boggling. This is where your time is spent!
Here's the thing, I don’t want to be average, and I know you don’t want to be either, so it’s time to make a change. I watch under an hour of television per week (yup, you read that correctly) and it makes all the difference. By simply turning off the zombie machine, you too will be able to hone in on the things that really matter and get to achieving those goals on your heart.
So which do you want more? A season of Empire or the opportunity to build your own?
2. Schedule Your Time on Social Media
This one can get us all. You’ve likely just spent some time on social media, right?
It must be said that social media is a great tool, especially if an entrepreneur, as it shrinks the world and makes your products and services easily accessible to a much wider audience. As great as social media can be, however, if we do not limit our time on it, this too can be a detriment to our overall success.
The way to get over this is to schedule your time online. Set a limit to the amount of time you spend on social media daily or simply schedule the time as you would an appointment. Show up for the time scheduled, leave, then return for your next appointment.
If, like many, you get lost in the whirlwind of clicks and likes and find hours gone by, try using one of the many apps available that prevent you from hopping online and wasting time. There’s DISconnect, Self-Control (a Mac app for the computer) and my personal favorite, Freedom.
Once you’ve disconnected from television and social media, you’re more easily able to plan out your mission to accomplish the next big thing on your plate.
Of course I don't think you should cut out fun all together, what's a life without fun? I do, however, want you to be mindful of the temporary trade-off mentioned earlier.
Are you willing to trade off a little fun today for a ton tomorrow? Are you willing to work smart now, so that you can reap the rewards later?
3. Celebrate The Little Stuff
We usually skip through life, constantly looking for the next big thing to do on our list, and can be hard on ourselves for not doing things better or sooner. When we take the time, however, to truly appreciate the mini victories we achieve daily, we’re more likely to continue on with the more difficult tasks.
Cut down on your television consumption this week and was able to find the time to actually arrange an important meeting ? Great! Mini victory! Celebrate.
Giving ourselves the much needed pat on the back serves as a push in the right direction. We begin enjoying the journey and seek ways to constantly push on.
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