The idea of going back in time and making better decisions, saying yes instead of no and being in the right place at the right time is quite appealing.
Maybe you think your life would improve tenfold if only you could go back and change a few little things.
Perhaps your right but the thing is time travel isn’t possible.
It might be much more useful to give some thought to what you can do today to cultivate the life you want right now.
Instead of wishing your present circumstances away commit yourself to changing them.
Our life paths aren’t linear so just because you went down road A initially, doesn’t mean you don’t still have access to almost every other road.
…I promise you it’s not.
Challenges are a part of life. And as much as you get frustrated when things don’t go to plan there’s a part of you that enjoys the experience.
You might think you’ve encountered something you can’t overcome but that could be because you’ve never done it before not because you can’t do it.
So give it a try and know that the your world won’t fall apart if things don’t go to plan.
And the kind of exciting thing is that if one plan doesn’t work out you can create a new one.
Granted it’s not exciting in the moment but give it time and you’ll see.
It’s as simple as assessing how you spend your time and prioritising what matters.
YouTube, twitter, Instagram, Netflix, Amazon prime or maybe even tv are all leeches of time. There’s nothing wrong with them in moderation but how many times have you opened Instagram and found yourself scrolling 30 minutes later with no real recollection of where the times gone.
It sucked away your time and you weren’t even conscious of it happening!
The 2 ways I make more time are
– dedicate a set amount of time each day or week for your project/thing and prioritise it.
– set a limit on how much time you spend watching shows or scrolling media then use all the other time for your project or thing.
Tada, there you have it, more time!
If someone told you that giving up Netflix for 30 days and focusing on your project/thing instead was all you needed to do to reach your goal, could you do it? And more importantly, would you?
Sometimes those 30 days of commitment, consistency and focus are all you need to get the ball in motion, simply based on how it feels.
It feels good to turn plans into actions and work towards bringing a vision to life.
So think about something that is taking up time but isn’t adding much to your life and make the choice to let it go.
It doesn’t have to be permanent, make it an experiment and see if anything changes.
I used to love reading and I did it any chance I got. I’d stay up late with a torch reading a book under the covers until I could keep my eyes open no longer and as soon as I woke up I’d start reading again.
It was something so simple that brought me so much joy.
But the older I got the less I read. The time I used to spend reading was replaced by youtube, watching shows online and social media.
Now all of a sudden I’m in my twenties and read 100 times slower and it’s much harder to get engrossed in the books I read.
I think being on my phone and laptop, constantly switching between tabs and apps has trickled over into how I read. Reading is a calm thing that requires focus and time and I don’t give as much attention to those kinds of activities like I used to.
I miss the love of reading I used to have so I’ve decided to try and get it back.
I’m starting with reading to replace some of the time I’d spend watching shows and so far so good.
What was the last book you read?
Often when we’re busy we’re overwhelmed and stressed. We find ourselves only hoping and wishing for things to slow down. We tell ourselves when I’m not so busy I’ll have more time for x, y and z.
And we believe it too. But I often find that the busier I am the better I am at balancing everything I have going on. Then as soon as things slow down I find myself much less productive with my time.
Being busy forces us to manage, it’s a sink or swim situation. We either manage or we don’t. But when we have more free time, the pressure is off, there are no obligations and much more freedom to choose.
So it’s easy for the habit of laziness to kick in. But it could just be because you need a break.
Imagine if you took a break from Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TV and Facebook.
How much more time would you have each week?
And if you used that time to work on something you truly care about or something that will benefit you like learning a new skill, learning a new language, studying, writing your book or exercising.
Would your life change for the better or worse?