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Today we are talking about time. Ever seen a productive and happy person talking about lack of time? Not at all. Ever seen a person having nothing to do, having time to improvise their lives? Neither. You see, we all live in a reality that we think is perfect for us. Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, various film directors, even the busiest yoga instructors: when we meet them or read about them or watch a YouTube video of them, we always find them engaged in a pursuit of something above themselves, making the world better and more fortunate to have them. Even look at the happiest of the cleaners in your office. They are up and in, to making the areas they clean look tidier, smarter and express divinity through them.
Do these awesome people ever carve out time to think that I’m making a certain sum of money per hour, and won’t go to work beyond that? Nup, they don’t have the time and willpower to go into such petty issues.
Do these awesome people carve out time to think about the way they have been producing, and always optimize the way their work is produced out to the world? Well, they never miss out on doing this.
David Schwartz said in The Magic of Thinking Big, “If you want to get an important task done, give it to a busy person.” People who have filled their life with schedules that include peak performance time, recharging time, learning time, thinking time, family time and workout time. Recent article in a popular business magazine stated that Warren Buffet spends 80% of his time thinking and learning. He reads at least 500 pages a day, which include reports about stocks, and also self help-books at the end of his workday.
The fact of the matter is, that we have more time than we perceive it to be. Abraham Lincoln said that if he had 6 hours to cut a tree, he would spend 4 hours sharpening the axe. This is what we all need to implement in our lives. When we have a schedule for the future, utter importantly for the day and the week ahead, including goals for the quarter, half year and year, and preferably schedule for the entire year, our brain goes out to figure out ways to make that schedule into a reality.
The quality of your life is the quality of your questions. Ask the right questions, and you will inevitably land up at the right answer. If you ask yourself: “Why do I screw it up always?” you will get an answer that you are probably meant to screw everything up, dude! However, if your question comes like: “What is this situation trying to teach me?” so that I learn the lesson, and get over it; then you will get the answer of the lesson hidden behind the challenging situation and it will make you stronger. Similarly, if you ask yourself the correct question of maximizing the use of your time that has space for nurturing all the areas of your life, you will end up having more time than you ever thought you had, followed by greater productivity and effectiveness as a by-product.
Please think upon the following strategies to make more time as well as more productivity and happiness to land up in your bucket:
- Decision is the root cause of revolution. Decide to accomplish 5 tasks every single day, including at least one difficult task for everyday. If you are not getting stronger, you are diminishing the strength of your decision muscles. This means that as you accomplish these tasks, at the end of the day, you will feel more fulfilled, happy and ready to take on the world the next day again.
- Learn to say no to things that are not important. This means that if you are working on an important project and your friend asks you out for a match, you will resist the temptation and work on making the world better. This also means that there will be saying no to the office water-cooler gang that hang around to discuss the flaws about what’s happening inside.
You become your conversations. Have world class conversations that are focused on growth, fun and empowerment for all, and you will have a rich mindset, that produces great results in the time in which the water-cooler gang is discussing another gossip.
- Dedicate specific times for social media. Set reminders on your phone which shout out: “Focus!!” in case you use any social networking site for over 10 minutes. Recent researches say that an average human being checks their phone at least 100 times a day! Just imagine, at least 100 times a day learning and growing your skills: and reaching the stage of excellence like Warren Buffet is no far away.
Remember, action is what makes the difference between the human being who produces virtuous results and the rest of the world. What action are you going to take today to produce better results? Life is waiting for you to express your loftiest ambitions.
In the end, I would like to thank you all, for carving out time to read TAB, The Awesomeness Blog. All my hatsoff to you, for being dedicated to making your life based on self-development. “Professional education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune,” with this quote from the great Jim Rohn, will sign off for today.
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