No, not New Year’s resolutions…that boat has sailed. No, not Naughty & Nice…where have you been? Make a list how 2012 is going to be different from all the rest because you are going to be different, not average. Wave farewell to mediocrity. Time for a tastier you.
On New Year’s Eve, did you look back into 2011 to see what you had accomplished? Did you get it all done? All of those things you wanted to do, the resolutions, the goals, the dreams? No? Did you do something else entirely? Sounds like regret.
Do not regret. Use the memory to head in the (opposite, right, better, straighter) direction.
The Law of Averages
Average people spend time doing mundane things, for hours at a clip. For instance, the average American worker spends 100 hours per year commuting, but only 80 hours on vacation. Hmm, strums the chord of Dull Jack.
Dual income parents average just over 90 hours a week on the job, not including commute. That still leaves some afternoon/evening time, right?
Average Joe and Jane spend almost two hours doing household chores, like cooking and cleaning. Another average two and a half hours are frittered away watching television. Add the eight average hours sleeping, and there is not much in the way of a day left.
Stop being average. Get a pencil and paper. No, really. I will wait.
1. Make a “Good List”
What really matters in your life? Stop. Sit down. Think about it. What matters most? Write it down. Turn the paper over.
2. What do you do?
On the back of the paper, write “The Now List”. Create a list of what you do each week. Beside each item, write how much time you spend doing it.
3. Straighten Up
Organize The Now List. What is required? What is optional? What is a complete drain of time and energy/money?
4. Fix it.
Change the list. Drop the optional things which are not built on the good list and those which waste time.
5. Do not waste time.
Time is not a renewable resource. Once you fiddle it away, it is gone forever.
Need some help?
Did you have a hard time with the first list after you got past friends, family and grand/children? Are some of these important to you?
- Mate or finding Mate
- Health or fitness
- Relationship security
- Pets or animals
- Helping others
- Pitching in with a friend
Is the list beginning to flesh out a bit? Reread #5. Now, can you rearrange your schedule to include more of these and less of the things filling it now? Good.
Post the list on the refrigerator or over the coffee pot where you can see it every morning.
Take it for a test drive.
Filling your schedule with the important things in your life is far more rewarding than having bumper-to-bumper, time-wasting, non-happiness-seeking activities. Try your new schedule for a week. See how much difference it makes in the way you feel about the direction your life is headed.
Help me improve the list. What things made your Good List which are not listed above? Did you find more than you expected to take off your Now List? How can you make a difference?
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
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