Archive for Time
How to Get from Chaos to Clarity
If you’re a regular Rich Radiant Real reader, I have no doubt that you have dreams that you want to achieve (receive), and a lot of exciting projects or plans on the boil.
But do you sometimes feel so overwhelmed by all of your projects that your chest feels tight, your breathing becomes strained, and your brain flits from one unfinished thought to another?
Perhaps you also have a feeling of desperation, dread or anxiety because you’re so frustrated at how slowly you’re progressing? (You know, the feeling that you’re trying to run through quicksand?)
Well then, you’re me.
I have felt like that pretty often in the past, and even recently I felt that way again. At times like those I call myself ‘The Muddle-headed Mummy’. Fuzzy-headed and unsure of which way to turn, but wanting to get everything done, nonetheless!
I had all my priorities mapped out, and had a very well-thought-out, achievable to-do list, but I’d fallen into some less-than-helpful habits that meant my productivity was low and my anxiety was high. I was getting distracted and was constantly following ‘bright shiny objects’.
So what did I do? I looked carefully at those habits, and I decided to change them.
I decided to implement three simple disciplines – these are personal to me and are related to my work goals, but perhaps you can see yourself in one or two of these?
- I stopped turning on my computer and checking emails as soon as I got up (unless I wanted to connect with peeps in a different time zone). Then I wasn’t being sent down endless, distracting rabbit holes of thought by the messages in my inbox.
- I decided to clear the kitchen properly after breakfast, instead of leaving that less-than-exciting job until after I’d done some more-important ‘real’ work. (Clearing clutter helps you to think straight and can help attract prosperity – for tips with this, head here.)
- I decided to only check non-work websites twice a day, at any time of my choosing, and for only 30 minutes each time (believe me, in my overwhelm I used to procrastinate by ‘relaxing’ and regularly browsing non-work sites!)
It was such a relief to put these deceptively simple habits into place, and my productivity is now through the roof… and my feelings of overwhelm are virtually non-existent.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all that you want to do with your one, precious life, what are you going to do about it? (Leave a comment below – I’d love to know!)
Value Your Time!
I thought I’d post this video today – actually, have you ever read The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content., by Tim Ferris? The book is a wee bit controversial, not only because it goes against the grain for people who figure you shouldn’t be paid if you’re not physically working every moment of the day, but because he recommends outsourcing work to people in developing countries who charge less. However, there’s no need to follow every recommendation in the book if it doesn’t tally with your values, but the book offers a fabulous perspective on the value of our time.
If we’re here to live a truly magnificent life, then all the money in the world means nothing if you never have time to enjoy it (or to see it being enjoyed and appreciated by those with whom you share your money). The true richness of life comes in actually LIVING your life.
In this video, Tim is being interviewed about a few things, but I like how he talks about time being our most previous non-renewable resource. Check it out, and let me know what you think.