3 Critical Reasons to Get Your Schedule Under Control Today
Time is commonly referred to by many as the most precious commodity that exists. Yet, with this knowledge I often found myself wasting it, living without regard or care for it as if it was infinite. Thinking I was isolated on this island of careless living, I was amazed to learn that I was not the only one who was spending time on things that did not matter just to get nothing in return. There were others who shared my nonchalant attitude for a daily schedule and hated to be trapped in a box of countless routines. United we stood as we watched others advance their careers, grow their families, get things done, and move forward in life.
Each day we would start with an exhaustive list of things that needed to be accomplished only to end with that very list still intact with only a few critical items scratched off. With no progress, that is exactly where we stayed. We were trapped on an island of mediocrity and stagnation. Staring off into the horizon, we could no longer see the people who had their schedules under control. There we stood on this island unfulfilled, empty, frustrated, overwhelmed, and stressed seeking something to fill the void. (If you are stuck on this island you cannot stay there.) Then one day, it was time. I no longer wanted to hold a list in my hand of things I would never do, but instead I wanted to take back my day and make true monumental progress in my life.
Below you will find the three impactful reasons I got my daily schedule under control and why you should too:
Distractions Rob Your Dreams
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you wish to achieve greatness in any area of your life, you have to protect the free moments of your day. Instead of being idle during times of opportunity, use those captured minutes to invest into your dreams. 15 minutes of your day over the course of weeks can make a huge impact in developing a skill or talent that you never imagined would be possible.
Facebook, Instagram, and Candy Crush is stealing time that you will never be able to get back.
Unclear Priorities Will Cause You To Waste Your Life
“If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” Benjamin Franklin
When your day begins without a defined purpose your actions will be dictated by the winds of change. This means that you will give your attention to whatever seems the most flashy and attention grabbing at the moment. The combination of this time, just like 15 minutes used for good, will amass to a ridiculous combined figure that could total years of your life. We often hear people ask for more hours in their day. Instead of more time to waste, how about we waste less of our lives on things that offer us no value.
Lack of Organization Makes You Inefficient
Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing. Michael LeBoef
Without a plan for your day and the proper organization of your time, you will find yourself doing a lot of things but not making any progress. You will jump from item to item to item doing a small increment of the work but never enough to make an impact. Many people mistake being busy with being organized. If you take the time to schedule your day, life can be less hectic and more efficient.
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