One Simple Strategy That Will Help You Live a More Balanced and Fulfilled Life
I fear that many people live in a world (their own world) where they don’t realize how precious their time is and consequently don’t manage their time in a balanced and fulfilling way – until it’s too late.
Today, I would like for you to take a step back and focus on just one part of the whole.
Focus on how you spend your time every day.
A large part of your day is obviously spent sleeping, eating, and taking care of your basic needs – those are a given.
But how do you spend the other hours of your day?
…The hours that you get to choose how to spend?
Do you spend the majority of your extra time watching TV? Creating art? Reading? Feeling stressed? Or on social media?
Because if so, then think about this: You are on track to have spent most of your life watching TV, creating art, reading, feeling stressed, or on social media.
…If you spend the majority of your day with your family and friends, then you are on track to have spent most of your life with your family and friends.
…If you spend the majority of your day doing work that you hate, then you are on track to have a hate-filled life.
…If you spend the majority of your day showing gratitude and expressing love, then you are on track to have a love-filled life.
The way you spend your days is ultimately the way you will spend your life.
Every day matters.
Think about what you want to remember when you’re laying on your deathbed reflecting on your life.
If you’re going to have regrets thinking about how you spent too much time on a particular task, then stop spending time (days) on that particular task!
I spent 13 days of my life playing Call of Duty; and as soon as I realized what I had done, I immediately dropped my controller and re-prioritized my time.
The only regret I have about that decision is that I didn’t make it sooner.
Take it from Steve Jobs, “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.’
And until you change the way you spend your days, your life will continue forward on the track that it’s on.
One of the best tools I have found for helping me prioritize my time effectively, for feeling and expressing gratitude, and for avoiding regrets is the time block principle.
Start by prioritizing what’s most important to you in your life.
The deathbed exercise is a great tool that can help you get your priorities straight.
Your priorities might include (but aren’t limited to): family, friends, contribution, personal growth, self expression, travel and adventure, and spirituality.
Then, simply plan out ahead of time when you’ll be able to dedicate yourself to each of those areas and block it out so that it doesn’t get over-booked.
If it’s a priority, you have to make it a priority.
Your priorities are your life.
You can’t get wishy-washy with it and let rudimentary things like social media, video games, e-mail, work tasks, errands, etc., take over simply because they’re urgent.
You have to buckle down and keep the main thing the main thing.
It’s easy to lose sight of the whole (your life) when the parts (your days) aren’t accounted for.
But when you optimize your time and spend your days in a way that makes you happy and feel fulfilled – how could you not live a great life that you’re proud of?
As Leonardo Da Vinci said, “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”