Imagine if $80,000 was deposited into your bank account every single day, no questions asked. The catch is, money also automatically disappears at the end of every day. You would cash it all in every day, right? That is what time is like, we are given 24 hours every day completely free of charge. It is just up to you whether you want to spend it all until it ceases to exist.
- Get Inspired.
Find what you genuinely love and enjoy and go for it. For some people, that is not always obvious and may require seeking some inspiration. This may be anything from travelling somewhere new, reading, starting a vision board, taking some classes, or volunteering. If your passion can’t necessarily be a full-time job at the moment, find a way to incorporate what you love into your life as a hobby or even a side-hustle. The rule of thumb is that, if you are doing something you are passionate about, it may turn into something that eventually reaps financial benefits.
- Be clear about your goals.
Once you have figured out what you want, how will you get it? Setting goals can play a big part in making your dreams become a reality. It is important though, to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals, ideally put in writing. Physically writing out goals gives them more meaning, and it is more likely to make you feel accountable to achieve what you wrote. It also helps to revisit the written goals in the future when things get tough.
- Cut out distractions.
Distractions can potentially take up a lot of time that you didn’t intend to spend. Maybe you don’t actually need to binge another series on Netflix, spend so much time scrolling through social media, or browsing online shopping websites, for some seemingly harmless but common examples of time-wasting.
While these things can be “fun” or simply an escape from the daily stressors of life, they could be distracting you from what you want to achieve in the long run. It may seem harsh to “cut out” some things completely, but at the same time, what will you really be missing?
- Form better habits.
In the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, the author explains the necessity of creating small, achievable changes that compound over time to create positive changes in your life. The book also encourages readers to create fool-proof systems, therefore making positive habits easier to achieve. The idea is that, you make it easy for yourself to have healthy habits.
For example, if you want to make morning runs a habit, lay out all your gear the night before. You are taking one step out of the decision-making process when you’ve just rolled out of bed in the morning, upping the chances of actually going on a run.
- Do the hard things first.
As humans, sadly we are really good at procrastinating. To help avoid this, when we have a lot to do in a day, it can be encouraging to do the hardest or most dreaded things first. That is the first major “hump” to get over, then the rest of the day you’re more likely to remain motivated and continue to “tick off” your to-do list. The same idea can be applied to your life to-do list. For example, if you feel like you are unable to really commit to being a more involved parent until a big work project wraps up, it is basically another way of procrastinating that potentially has more serious consequences.