It may seem contradictory, but if you stop, think and plan, you will have more time.
It’s a matter of making sure you take time out for yourself to think and plan.
We have work reviews, planning sessions and board meetings, but very rarely do we invest enough time in doing personal life reviews. Similarly, most people plan ‘IN’ their work (e.g. sales plans for the next quarter) rather than ‘ON’ their work (e.g. where do I want my career and/or life to go in the next 5 to 10 years?). Many people spend days and weeks writing business plans and doing budgets for companies, but virtually no time doing these things for their own life or a personal review.
Which is more important: your work or your life?
Do you live to work, or work to live?
Perhaps we should invest more time planning both our careers and our lives. If it works for companies why shouldn’t thorough, regular planning work for us personally? Commonly people don’t give themselves permission or have the structure to do personal reviews.
Have personal quarterly review days with specific focuses or themes. For example, schedule in your diary now these quarterly reviews:
Earning more money can enable us to improve our quality of life, but if earning more money takes over as the primary goal,
this can ultimately have a negative impact on our quality of life. Show me someone just chasing the dollars and I’ll show you someone who probably doesn’t really know what they want in their life.
Part of living a more authentic life is to be aware of your ‘quality of life’ philosophy. Sometimes we can get caught up in growth and success models, and become trapped in the philosophy that ‘more is better’ to increase a sometimes falsely perceived ‘standard of living’. More can be better, to a point, but if you don’t know what that point is you may find yourself focusing more on the dollars than on the quality of life.
As a way of saying thanks for being part of our Life by Design community I have designed Kick Start. It’s a mini personal development course to help you with more simple tools to get more clarity and on the right path.
This complimentary introductory self development course includes: