Get Your Life Back on Track By Following These Steps
Each of us is guilty of squandering precious minutes. However, there are times when we spend too much time idly. Just the other day, I was on YouTube and saw Dhar Mann’s video, followed by another. It was around 10 p.m. when I watched my first video.
I didn’t look at the time again until 12:15 am. Excuse me, but… A tablet session that lasts longer than two hours? Why did this occur? Yes, I guess I am squandering my time. Yes, exactly that happened.
It’s not a big deal if you only do it on the weekends. However, many people waste time at the office. I conducted a survey not too long ago, and I was surprised to find that 88% of workers admit to wasting at least one hour per day on procrastination.
We feel like garbage when we fail to make any noticeable progress. As a result, we feel demotivated to make up for lost time and try again. It’s a vicious downward spiral from there. As a result, you may begin to feel like your time is being wasted.
In what ways might one hope to end this vicious circle? How do you restart your productive momentum? I’ll give you three options.
Drop the numbers game
Self-criticism arises when our attention is fixed on the final result rather than the process itself. If you haven’t worked out in weeks, you might tell yourself, “I should run 10K today.”
That’s not a motivating factor at all. For starters, visualizing yourself running a long distance can dampen your enthusiasm for the actual event. Furthermore, it promotes postponement (“I’m just too tired to do that right now. I’ll probably get to it tomorrow. Likewise, if you don’t succeed in reaching your metric, for example, you only make it 8 kilometers before giving up, and you’ll only feel bad about yourself.
A preferable alternative? A simple, “I’m going to work out today” statement will do. Period. We have no quantitative measures. You might just walk three kilometers and call it a day. No problem here. You’ll be good to go for a run/walk the following day.
Doing something you know you can keep up with is the key. Simply appear, and maintain your presence.
The advice to “just show up” may sound cliché and obvious, but there’s logic behind its prevalence.
Have fun with it!
It’s simple to daydream about succeeding at something. When we set out to publish a book or launch an online business, we often think that we will see substantial revenue within a matter of months. We fantasize about becoming wealthy and successful. The emphasis is on the final product. But we all know that once we get started on something worthwhile, we have to keep at it. The method is more important than the result.
Hold to a manageable size. Putting pen to paper? Get there and just write a sentence. Typically, your writing will consist of multiple sentences. If so, keep writing ahead. Wanting to make a company? Locate just one buyer. Try to enjoy the journey rather than fixating on the destination.
According to Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations;
“Enjoyment means doing as much of what your nature requires as you can. And you can do that anywhere. Keep in mind the ease with which logos is carried through all things. That’s all you need.”
Simplify your actions
If you put all of your energy into one endeavor, you can make it to the top. The earlier I had learned that the better off I would have been. Previously, I would try to juggle too many tasks at once.
We have a tendency to become sidetracked and start working on new projects before completing the ones we’ve already started.
For a while now, I’ve been devoting more time and energy to developing my channel on YouTube. Some new videos that I shot and edited are now available on the internet.
Everything ran smoothly, and the audience responded positively. However, this isn’t something I see myself doing for the foreseeable future. To attract more customers, I found that approach to be very compelling. That’s not a very good justification for doing it.
The Stoic philosopher Epictetus’s words of wisdom come to mind whenever I feel overwhelmed by the desire to take on too much.
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals, not under my control, and which have to do with the choice I actually control.”
Alternative plans in the event of a mistake
Even the most efficient among us have unproductive days. Because we’re not robotic, that’s why. When something more pressing comes up, we have to put off our workout. Or we might get sick and be out of commission for a while.
Trying to feel bad about ourselves during a timeout is pointless. No, this is not the end of the world. It’s only a problem if you routinely neglect to do important work.
I rely on my productivity system to keep that from happening. Now that I have a system in place, I don’t have to rely solely on my own determination to succeed. To get back on track and start over, I simply relied on my system.
An all-or-nothing approach to changing habits rarely works. Today’s society is filled with too many extremists. They have to be flawless for it to be worthwhile.
Which style of thought is that, exactly?
Life is very long. If you’ve been slacking off today, it’s not too late to pick yourself up, get your head in the game, and focus your attention on your most productive moment yet.