The most precious commodity that you have is time. Are you misusing time that could be cultivated towards moving you forward in life? Another hour gone, another day over, another week behind you, another year to file in away in your memory… feeling like you’ve wasted it… sucks.
The secret to ending wasting time is to take control of your today. Do that and you’ll uncover your purpose and be in charge of your life.
This article is going to give you some tools to direct your days. Put an end to time wasting so you can live out why you’re here and your most preferable life. Do you, loud and far, your creative best!
Everything is Against You Controlling Your Time
Everything is pushing against your willpower.
Everybody and everything else wants your time and attention be it other people, your environment or entertainment. You have to fight against it to get done. To do what you want to get done in your day and get done what you want to get done in your life.
How To Stop Procrastinating and Wasting Your Time
One of the biggest reason you waste time is because your passion and purpose are not clearly defined.
So what do you do? You procrastinate. From being stifled by fear of not being able to see the bigger picture. When you procrastinate on anything you have to do you are inevitably procrastinating on doing what you want to do. Today you are going to begin to clearly define what you want. And the steps to take to begin truly living!
Don’t give up, you can become your creative best!
The Key to Moving Forward in Life is To Become Deliberate
When you waste time, much of it is mindless. The key to moving away from drifting and into directing your life is deliberate action. Think about someone you admire. Someone who’s living the life that you want to live, one thing’s for sure: They are aware of the choices they’re making every single day.
From thought to action, these are individuals making intentional decisions that support their success. That’s what you want, no more mindlessness but deliberate decisions to break out and build the life you want.
You might not know exactly what that looks like. That’s ok, because the more choices YOU make, the closer you’ll get to crafting your preferable life. These are 3 things that were critical for me to start doing. It created a major change in my thinking and the actions I took to stop time wasting and start living the life I wanted.
Cultivate What it Takes to Win
Let’s start with mindset. People living out their perfect day have given adequate attention to building up their skills. Getting better at their craft and creating what they want to create.
They pushed through the challenges, the grind and eventually accomplished what they set out to do. They focused on what they wanted, improved in it and committed each step of the way. Through that, they became the person they wanted to be.
If you want to be a blogger, a pro soccer player, an entrepreneur, an advocate for the poor, whatever it is that you want to do, this is what it takes. You have to nail down committing and focusing on your passion instead of just daydreaming about it.
Get Clear on Your Why
Your why will evolve over time. What motivates and inspires you will only grow as you take action.
A lot of us were taught that first, you figure your perfect dream and then you take action, but that’s completely backward and is why so many people are stuck.
It’ll grow bigger and bigger until you uncover your purpose. It’s not in the spreadsheets, (trust me, I tried to reverse engineer others with statistical data and it didn’t work). My why didn’t even become clear until I started taking steps, adapted and actualized my perfect day 3 times over a 3-year period.
Sounds depressing it might take you 3 years, but many die without ever knowing their why for being on the Earth. That’s not you though!
Even if it took you 10 years to identify and live out your fullness of purpose and you got to live out the rest of your life in the most preferable way, would it be worth it? Start with a why now and watch how it all unfolds. Ask yourself, what do you want to do more of when you retire? What side hustle do you want to start to get out of your j.o.b?
What passion do you wish you could pursue if you had more time?
This text is from one of the best books that has helped me immensely in ending time-wasting in my life, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
“Have you ever bailed out on a call to embark upon a spiritual practice, dedicate yourself to a humanitarian calling, commit your life to the service of others? Have you ever wanted to be a mother, a doctor, an advocate for the weak and helpless; to run for office, crusade for the planet, campaign for world peace, or to preserve the environment? Late at night have you experienced a vision of the person you might become, the work you could accomplish, the realized being you were meant to be? Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a Venture?”
Truth is, you don’t have to wait, you can do what you want to right now. You just have to start. You have a best most creative you inside, defining your why right now will begin to unleash it!
The number one distraction to living out your dream and taking charge of your day is digital distractions.
Whether it’s social media, or you looking at YouTube or reading something if you aren’t careful it will suck valuable time from your day and keep you from getting stuff done.
We love it because it can be really helpful, but you have to kill getting sucked into it.
Yes, potentially even this blog. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t better yourself or gain information. But there is also the kind of blogs that bring no value to your life.
Cut those out! If you’re doing research for your own personal growth and development, set aside a time for reading. Don’t let yourself get carried away by consuming content instead of creating something or pursuing your dreams.
Give yourself time to read, time to research, time to learn, purposely carve out that time every day, but be intentional about it.
There is a difference in knowledge and research you must begin to implement, what you need now, vs. might need someday.
Using Google, YouTube, and the like to find answers when you are stuck is crazy powerful and valuable. But not all searches queries are created equal… Prioritize how you search.
You can cut out Googling something when you think you might need to know the answer. Instead, shift to intentionally consuming information, not consuming information that ends up wasting your time.
You hop into your email to send a message to your wife about the thing that’s going on Saturday, to get instructions from a client or to send instructions to an employee, to pay a bill.
Next thing you know, you’ve clicked on a headline, started reading and it’s 20 minutes later.
Your focus is lost and you’re asking yourself why was I checking my email? ..in the first place. It’s so easy to get sucked into your inbox, but you can put a stop to it by setting some boundaries for yourself. If you have to do something with your email, set aside time to check it and put limits on it.
Only check it a couple of times a day or whatever works for you and if you need to give yourself a set amount of time so you aren’t carried away, stuck in email jail.
Facebook is #1 but It’s the Same Agenda from the Rest of Them
Facebook is stealing your time. Their whole platform is built around you consuming, achieving Zuckerberg’s income and life goals and keeping you from yours.
They want you on there as long as possible so they can show you as many ads as possible. Every other social media platform is the same way, YouTube wants to show you as many ads as possible too.
They win and keep you stuck. It is an even greater challenge when you are using it to share your content or do something for work. If Facebook isn’t something you can get rid of altogether, tell your time where to go and when.
Determine a time in your day to do your social stuff, set a timer, hop on, do what you have to do, get out when the timer goes off.
When Things Go Wrong -Don’t Waste Time
Crap is going to happen, stuff is going to come up, don’t let it throw you off course of controlling your time. If all else fails, take a deep breath, create a plan and just keep moving forward.
Don’t stop because of any setback, just work towards figuring out your next step. You can’t let something gone wrong completely derail you from your goals, from your day, from this minute!
Take time out, reassess and reevaluate what you have to do and take it a step at a time. If there’s no way to make up for or replace something, learn from the experience but don’t sit there and mow over it for the next five hours, or 5 years!
According to Wikipedia, Parkinson’s law is” the adage that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. In layman’s terms, if you have time parameters for something you are much more likely to get it done within the time you allot for it.
The next task you begin to undertake to do this.
Ask yourself, how long will this task take? Set a timer and begin, magic happens! Subconsciously, you know that you have a deadline set, 30 mins, 1 hour, 3 hours, etc.
What will happen is you will be more focused on what you’re doing. It’s kinda like a wind-up timer, when you hear that thing speed up and the noise change before it is about to get done, you frantically cross as many t’s and I’s you can to get as much in as possible.
Shifting from perfection to good enough to ship is a life success principle, implementing Parkinson’s law forces this necessary mindset change.No one is going to necessarily set deadlines for you, so you have to be the boss of your time and do it yourself.
How to Begin to Direct Your Whole Day
Whether you have personal goals, business goals, or both, you have to prioritize. How do you figure out what needs to be a priority for your day?
The First Way to Begin to End Drifting in Life Tomorrow
You need a quick win and it starts tomorrow. What time did you wake up today? When do you usually wake up?
Tomorrow you only need to make one change. This one change, done consistently will be the single most important shift in ending the wasted time in life and directing and controlling your time each and every day.
Wake up earlier and direct the first 15 minutes of your day.
This is especially critical for entrepreneurs.
When you roll out of bed each morning and head straight to the shower or immediately start getting ready for work, the very first thing you’re doing each day is what someone else wants you to do. If you start your day being directed by what’s outside of you, you’re not in control of your day, at all.
Wake up earlier and take time with your coffee, write down goals for the day (that are not just work related), go for a walk, immerse yourself in prayer…
This one thing will bring such an incredible shift to your day because you will begin to feel that you actually have control of your day. You set the mood, you set the tone, and it’s life changing.
Make a List of 6-Things
At the end of each day make a list of six things you want to accomplish tomorrow.
Write yourself an email and send it to yourself every night.
These are what your priorities are going to be for the next day and creating this list for yourself will help to keep you on track.
Every morning, go through your list and starting knocking out your goals!
Decide What Is Urgent Versus the Important
Critical tasks always have priority. These are things that without doing, you can’t move onto something else.
If you have anything like this on your list, knock them out first.
Put Time Sensitive Things Higher On Your list is there anything that you need to get done sooner than later? These types of things should have a high priority on your list.
What requires the most energy
Look at what things take the most energy for you to do. When you’re looking at your list, you’ll notice you aren’t just managing your time, you’re managing how much mental or emotional energy it takes to get something done.
There are many things we do throughout our day that exert more energy than others.
Whether you’re an earlier bird or a night owl, take on these types of takes when you know you’re the most productive.
Consider the Duration of Time it Takes to Get Something Done
If it only takes you a couple of minutes to knock something out then those things can be first.
Then they’re out of the way and off your list of things to do. Then move on to what you need to block out a big chunk of time for.
Don’t forget to use the Parkinson’s Law!
Quit Researching and Create
Hey, this sucks but, the amount of time you spent researching how to not waste time, you could have already done 10 things that would have been moving you forward in your day, moving you forward in your life.
There is absolutely a need for Google sometimes for an immediate problem or solution but…
Most of the time we look for “just in case information” instead of an I absolutely need this answer right now. There are other helpful articles like these 7 tips on how to stop wasting time but…
If you just create, just write, carve, sew, draw just pick something and F’n do it, you will feel better and not feel like today was a waste.No more guilt, no more shame, no more bah humbug.
Craft your preferable life a little more right now by creating!
Stop Wasting Time and Direct Your Life
Success and actualizing your dreams start with you giving yourself a vision, your why.
Figure out where your time is going and cut out distractions. Start directing your mornings and taking control of your time.
If you have a j.o.b, plan on ways you can make better use of the time you have for the future you want. Prioritize, write out your goals and adjust whatever needs to be along the way.
Your purpose is covered up by all the noise we surround ourselves with, all the excuses and the fears. You have to kill it. Start taking action every day to get you closer to where you want to be.
Don’t worry about if you don’t know exactly what the future looks like right now. The more you direct your life the more clear everything will become.
It takes focus, determination, and commitment to direct your day. But when you do this you will wake up to find that you are in fact, directing your life.
If you have a question or a comment about how to stop wasting your time or free up more time to do what you love; leave me a comment in the comment section below. I’d love to hear from ya.