Time is all we have. And yet, we sometimes fritter it away doing things that make no positive difference (or a negative difference). Some of this is okay. Too much frittering, I propose, will suck the life our of our lives.
I want more life, fewer regrets.
This happens one choice at a time. Every decision is a moment of truth. Here's a good one. I've decided to work on making better decisions about how I spend my time.
The One Week Experiment
It's Sunday September 6, at 3:39 p.m. EDT. I declare that for the next week I will use the following Decision Filter to make choices about how I spend my time. It involves asking the following questions as I plan my day and shift from task to task throughout it.
- Will this help me make progress on my goals?
- Will I experience joy during or after this activity?
- Does this activity increase or reduce anxiety and worry?
- Will I be contributing to others in a meaningful way?
- Am I utilizing my strengths?
That's it. I'm committing to asking the questions and observing how this affects my behavior and overall satisfaction.
Wanna try this with me?
Here's a wee hack that I'll be using. Pull this post up on your phone. Click on the graphic and then take a screen picture of it. Crop it to your liking. Save that as your background to remind yourself of the filter elements. Or create your own cheatsheet with the words in the graphic. Best of success!