Time Is Not As Concrete A Thing As We Like To Think It Is

Time Is Not As Concrete A Thing As We Like To Think It Is

Time is an interesting concept. We know that each hour is made up of sixty minutes and there are twenty-four of them in a day. We also know, not all hours are created equal. Some fly by in five minutes. Others drag on for days.

 

None are as concrete as they might seem when we glance up at a clock. That’s because time isn’t always where it’s supposed to be. Sometimes we lose it. Very often we waste it. Worst of all, we kill it.

 

How you treat your allotted time

So often when we have something pressing to do, we spend inordinate amounts of time dreading it. Or putting it off. Sometimes we will do absolutely anything else to avoid getting on with the thing we want to do. All that putting off and dreading and avoiding makes us feel like  we don’t have enough time to finish. And because of it sometimes we don’t.

 

Time spent thinking about doing a thing

When we think about doing something, rather than simply getting on with doing it, the time allotment required magnifies in our imaginations. Dreading, putting off, doing other make-work projects all waste time we could have spent on the dreaded task.

 

Make action your new go-to plan

It is said the way you do one thing is the way you do all things. Make a pact with yourself to stop putting off. We’re not talking about the big projects you are dreading. We mean everything.

 

If you have decided you want to keep a dream journal by your bed then go locate that journal and put it by your bed. If you don’t have a journal handy get a piece of paper.

 

Put your plan into action when you think of it, not later, not tomorrow, not when you have time. Make action your new habit – for all things (within reason of course). Instead of planning on doing things, do them. You will be amazed at how much more time you have!

Plan To Take Your Goals To The Next Level

Plan To Take Your Goals To The Next Level

In order to achieve anything in life you need to know what you want to achieve. Of course you could just wake up everyday and wait to see what happens. Some good things might show up that way, but they won’t be the good things you choose. To achieve the things that mean the most to you, the ones that express your deepest aspirations, you need goals. Specific, measureable, achievable goals and have a plan of action to achieve them.

 

Write your goals down

The first thing you need to do is figure out your end result. Your final goal. Don’t worry if your final goal seems overwhelming or outside of your abilities. The fulfilment of a final goal is the result of a fulfilment of a series of intermediate goals along the way. Once you’ve decided on your final destination, you can plan out your route to get there. Even from the outset it’s important to remember, your original map will probably have to be revised along the journey so you’ll have to be on the lookout for detours and dead ends.

 

Be SMART about it

Smart goals are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Timely

 

How do you eat an elephant?

The answer to the question, how do you eat an elephant is, one bite at a time. That’s why it’s so important to break your goal or elephant down into smaller, bite sized chunks. Say you have five smaller goals that need to be accomplished in a given week or month. Having five goals can feel almost as overwhelming as the one big one, but if you separate them completely, say slot them into a different day of the week then they become more manageable. On Monday I’m concentrating on the elephant’s tail only. I don’t have to even think about the legs or the ears because those are for another day altogether.

 

Create regular success

The best way to keep yourself motivated in the pursuit of your ultimate goal is to find regular success. That means concrete achievements along the way. If your goal is to become president of your own company, then write down all the steps you need to take to get you there. What new skills do you need to perfect? Is there someone who can help you or teach you something you need to learn? Set a deadline for learning that skill, for meeting that person and hold yourself accountable. The more things you achieve, daily, weekly, monthly, the more motivated you’ll be to keep achieving.

 

 

Celebrate the successes

Keep track of your progress and celebrate your successes. Each small success brings you closer to the ultimate one. Don’t be embarrassed about drawing big red checkmarks on your calendar. Take people who helped you in a given week out as a thank you. Share the positivity!

 

Adjust your goals as necessary

Confucius says, “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

 

If you find yourself hitting brick wall after brick wall after brick wall, it may feel like  continuing with the effort is simply a waste of time and energy. If all your efforts are constantly producing negative results, you’re right, they probably are a waste of time and energy. That’s not to say your goal is a waste of time and energy, just your chosen method for reaching it.

 

A single negative result doesn’t necessarily indicate you need to change things up, but a succession of negative results does. Don’t waste time banging your head against that wall. Reassess your end result and figure out an alternate route.

 

Make like a postage stamp

Whether going around the block or around the world, whether it takes a week or ten years, a postage stamp sticks on the package until it gets to the final destination.  To reach your final goal you need to have the stickativity of a postage stamp.

How To Take Action Back From Inaction

How To Take Action Back From Inaction

Sometimes things are going gangbusters. You and your goals are a hive of activity, you are learning, expanding, planning for the future. And then sometimes that planning trips a pause button. Then you end up stuck in a room where you can’t seem to find a way out.

 

Planning takes over more and more of your mind space. and then without realizing it, the doing has taken a back seat to planning. Or worse your plans have gotten too big for their britches and instead of being something you’re looking forward to, this thing you’re planning feels overwhelming. Then you get stuck.

 

Small movements lead to big movements

Not everyone has big goals, but just about everyone has faced big plans that never went much further than great intentions. For instance, let’s say you plan on getting in shape. You don’t want to just get in shape you want to become strong. You want to be able to dead lift 300 pounds as easily as if you were lifting 30. Your big plans to lift 300 might just get in the way of lifting the weight that you already know is easy.

 

You can spend all kinds of time delaying getting started. Researching gyms, shopping for exercise clothes, pondering the benefits of vanilla protein powder vs. chocolate protein powder but eventually if you’re ever going to lift those 300 pounds, you’re going to have to start by lifting something. It doesn’t matter how much. The key is getting started. Once you do, you can start adding weights on a regular basis and incrementally you will get stronger and stronger.

 

Once you start moving and doing it’s much easier to keep on doing and moving

Same thing goes for accomplishing your goals. You might have big plans, but somehow you can’t get your eyes off the view of the top, down to the bottom where you need to be to build your way up there.

 

 

In the article, Two Ways To Overcome Inertia from Forbes. Sonia Kapadia mentions two ways to break the wall between planning and doing. One is to force things to happen by creating deadlines and accountability for yourself. That might take the form of something as simple as writing your daily intentions down on your calendar where you have to face them every day.

 

The second way is to take a full break from everything, both planning and doing. Clear your mental space then come in, with the intention of pulling your goals out of the planning stage into doing.

 

No matter which way you prefer, your goal is to stop thinking about what you want to do and put your shoes on and start doing it.  You can’t start at the top where you want to be. You start at the bottom and build your way to the top. Make mistakes. Learn. Ask for help. Think of yourself as a small snowball at the top of a mountain. You just need to push yourself off. Soon you’ll start accumulating speed and weight, excited to see how big you’ll finally get by the time you reach the town below.