One Simple Strategy That Will Help You Live a More Balanced and Fulfilled Life

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.”

4 Responses to One Simple Strategy That Will Help You Live a More Balanced and Fulfilled Life

  • I wish I knew what I wanted to do? I am at a crossroads the children have left home and I find my days empty. I have always been at home doing stuff for everyone else now I feel like I am adrift. I would love to just get up one day knowing what I was all about? This article is so true because you do feel like your life is passing you by.I need to find out what makes me feel alive and get started. Confused.!!!

    • This is a great question – a question of a lifetime. How do I want to spend my life? There is no easy answer. I can tell you that my two guiding principles for how I spend my time are: Is this helping me grow and is this helping others in some way/ shape/ or form. Growth and contribution are the two components of a fulfilling life. Start there. Think about what you can see yourself doing at a high level, even if you’re not there yet, and start feeding your growth in that area. And then think about how you can give that gift to others in a way that benefits the world. Hope this helps. Keep me posted, Shereen. 🙂

  • As fearful as it may feel – it’s still not nearly as fearful as the thought of NOT making the change. I can’t imagine looking back on my life and only seeing a hamster wheel. There is just SO MUCH that this life has to offer and I think it is just foolish to waste any time doing something that you hate doing. Money is important, sure. But at the end of the day, to refer back to some of the timeless words of Steve Jobs, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” I say get off the hamster wheel, surround yourself with like-minded people, and start creating and contributing in a way that’s fulfilling and meaningful to you.

  • Your article is so very timely. When you wake up in the morning at 3:00 AM and worry about what needs to “be done” for the work-day, the tasks on the list, the people to please – that frankly, only really care about how your work effort will further their cause; or you leave for the office by 6 and don’t get home until 6 for months on end, and it is still not enough, when your old heart is crying for something more than spending your hours on the hamster wheel instead of giving your talent to a higher purpose; and when you the scripture you read whispers to you about what is really important, then an hour later,an email screams to you about what is really important, you finally know, fearful as it is, it’s time to make a change. Thanks for your wise words, Matt.

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