I've been reading this book lately, Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez, and it's really changing my life! And I'm only on page 60! Okay, so I have a ways to go to finish it and the farther along I get into it, the more I'll post.
But right now I'd like to share my thoughts on one section.
This section discusses the trade-off between earning a living (or earning a dying, as they suggest), and your life energy (or your allotted time on this earth). And it's got me thinking how many hours I waste doing things that are so ineffectual or unimportant. How much life energy do I zap away from myself on Facebook? Or searching "publishing industry news" online? How much does that cost me, in the long run?
It's more than I care to admit. And there are so many other things that I could be doing with that time; like writing, playing with my kids, or saving the world.
I used to be a great time manager, but since I quit my day job...
The first couple of years I was good at prioritizing and getting the things important to me done. But now... I don't know... I feel like I've become complacent or lazy in the last few months. There are pockets of time I could be doing so much more... LIVING so much more.
Does anyone else feel this way? That they could use a rearranging of their schedule and better meet THEIR needs and priorities?
Here's a trick I've started applying--and I won't say it'll work for you because it's just in trial phase for me. But I'll let you know if it does work:
When I begin a task (or lack of one) I rank it on a scale of one to ten based on it's importance to ME--not to anyone else--just myself. If nothing that I could be doing beats it in rank, I continue with the task.
I also do this with money, now that things are tight in the economy and I sooooo badly want to get out of debt. In the case of money, if the ranking doesn't hit a 9 or a 10, then I put the item back and don't buy it.
But the same principle applies to time too. And I'll let you know if it works.
So my thought of the day: refuse to waste anymore of your life energy on things that aren't of value. And since our values are all different, I won't say what those values should be. Especially since you'll all likely roll your eyes at me that I still think an afternoon nap should get a high ranking.