Your list of to-dos is way too long for you to reasonably get everything done in the time frame you set for yourself. I know because the same thing happens to me. And it just seems like the harder you try to do everything the more frustrated you end up becoming ;-(.
That is a hard pill to swallow! If you are like me you might even feel like you are letting your family down! There just doesn’t seem like there is enough time to get everything that you “need” to get done in.
Intrinsically, I think most of us even understand this. Regardless of what we intuitively know though, we still just chase our tails and try to get more and more done at the sake of being efficient…myself included :-).
It is easy to justify, “I don’t have time to go to the gym every day, when I have eight weeks worth of work to do.” Hey, I totally get it, I’ve even thought like that at times in my life and it ended up costing me, but my health and checkbook.
When you try to do everything, important tasks end up getting mixed together with unimportant tasks. The end result is you end up wasting your precious God-given time on things that are not going to move you closer to your goals. And here’s the thing, if you aren’t moving closer to your goals you’re actually going backwards! Think about that! Which means you’re wasting more time, energy and becoming more frustrated…not Bueno.
Disclaimer: If all you do is read this and you never write down any goals this WILL NOT WORK! You need something concrete in front of you, staring you in the face. There’s mounds of research that show when you write down your goals and they are visually in front of you, repeatedly over an extended period of time it happens. Don’t pay the post lip service! Write down your stinkin goals so that we can make this happen :-)!
What are your goals? What are some things that you want to change? Where do you want to be in 3 months, a year from now, five years from now? What are your goals in relation to your family, your kids, your wife, your job? How is your health? Are you as fit and healthy as you want to be? Are you as fit and healthy as you should be?
Look yourself in the mirror. Are you being honest with what you’re writing down?
You need to stop doing some things.
Yes, some things that you’re currently doing, that your giving lots of importance to are actually wasting your time and keeping you away from getting closer to your goals. The fact of the matter is each day you are probably using a lot of energy and time on things that don’t truly matter.
Where are you wasting your time, focus, and your energy? Assign every one of those tasks above with a value either of being high or low. Obviously, high tasks are those that are going to get you closer to your goals. Low task are those that are moving you away from your goals. It really is just that simple.
And as you might expect, in order to get closer to your goals you’re going to have to open up your schedule so that you can accomplish more high-value tasks that are moving you forward. This means you will likely have to eliminate some of those low-value tasks or things that waste time and energy.
I get it some of these it’s easier said than done. Some of those quote-unquote low-value tasks are important, but remind yourself! These are less important than the others. This is where you’re going to have to get a little fancy and dare I say it, “creative.”
These are three ways to get rid of the low tasks.
Lastly, go be awesome!
Now you are in a great position to be successful and to be awesome! Your goals are set you, have you now know what you need to stop doing, you have identified ways that you can free up your energy, time, and begin focusing on high value tasks. Which should enable you to become feel freer, more sane, and healthier :-).
Your to-do list should look doable now ;-), as opposed to some bottomless chasm with no hope in sight.
And the only way to become fit is to make it a top priority. You should feel a sense of urgency and it should be one of your top goals. If it’s not one of your top goals, it’s only a matter of time before it will become one. Don’t wait until you’re on medication, when you’re pre-diabetic, and when you have to watch your children play because you’re too tired and worn out too. So I want to challenge you to keep your health and fitness in one of your top slots.
Hoping you all have a great Father’s Day and you’re able to free yourself up a little bit.
Go be awesome!
KELLEN LAKE – BE AWESOME!