In any pursuit, clarity of intention will always guide one's actions most effectively when it comes to meeting specific goals or priorities. Why is it then that life can be so hard to make orderly? Maybe it's just too big a thing for most people to effectively make sense and meaningful progression of. One thing is for certain, if we want and hope to live consistently according to our own truths, we will need to be deliberately introspective and constantly persevere in facing ourselves to keep that harmony.
This post is a helpful introspection suggestion based on an article originally found from Lifehacker.com.
The essential premise of the exercise is not necessarily so novel but it is definitely potent. Following this progression, I myself was able to identify my own 5 Tenets of Life and really got to take notice of where exactly I'm going wrong in how I use my time compared to what I really want and value.
The exercise goes as follows:
In addition to this progression provided by lifehacker.com, at the end of the exercise, it was incredibly helpful for me to examine all of my answers and just boil it all down into the most condensed possible listing of underlying values, the real essence of how I feel to be living.
The beautiful thing about this exercise is that starting with such short time spans of "remaining life" and expanding from there, it really gives a thought provoking perspective on what exactly we value in life and how time influences what we might feel to do in that time.
Another interesting aspect is all of the things we might write down that we do not want to indulge in with our remaining time. This really is a worthwhile exercise and hopefully anyone who does it will keep their results and be able to use them to live more potent and fulfilling lives.
Lots of love, D
In the modern day, everyone is constantly barraged with distraction. Whether the advertisements we casually glance at walking down the street or the onslaught of click bait ads and online postings, everybody wants your attention, big business even pays for it.
Millions of dollars each year are spent on marketing execs trying to figure out how to capture your attention and how to keep it long enough and in the exact right handling in order to sell you products. So in all this constant tug-of-war, what's a person to do in order to keep their attention for their own purposes and not entirely waste it for the means of all the other people vying to benefit from it?
One option of countering this trend is minimalism. Living simply with the less stuff in order to make the most of each of those selected things we do keep in our lives. We can counteract our fickle minds by deeply planting ourselves within specific realms of interest. Shallow distractions pale once we have created depthier contrasts.
The beauty of minimalism is that with this attitude, every moment becomes a blank canvas full of potential for recreating one's life with potency and focus. The less quantity we subscribe to the more depth we're able to dedicate to any one avenue. We essentially regain control of our attention and become free to dedicate it only to the things we ourselves find valuable.
In my own life I can honestly say that my lack of focus has long detrimented the gains I've made in my pursuits. Popular opinion today points to the existence of a hypothetical 10,000 hour rule in order to attain mastery, obviously with somewhat deliberate practice. The failure then of many people is their inability to decide on what's not important and fully dedicate themselves to only one or a few very important pursuits at once in order to attain real and substantial results.
One of the things I've gotten tremendous amounts of mileage out of it is tracking my time, habits, and life each day.
To put it simply - I now realize it's impossible to understand how your life is going without some careful observation. There's a lot of time each day, and knowing where that time goes, what you ate, what you did and didn't do... it's almost impossible to get a good picture of your life without some kind of measuring.
I'm going to you my newest tracking template, and then I'll give some analysis. Before I start though, I'd like to share a quote -
“A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.” -John Gall
Thus, if you want to track your time, please do not attempt to track 20 things at once, because it's unlikely to work. I started very simply, as I described in "The Evolution of My Time/Habit/Life Tracking" - I'd recommend you read that post if you want to do something like this.