I am almost 25 years old and I feel that I am at a very important stage of life. While I am young, the life is full of energy. But the time doesn’t stop for anyone. So everyday is important. It is an opportunity to do great things and spend the energy in best way I can.
I am always concerned about how I spend my time and where I will end up a few years later. I always feel that I can do better in a day than I do.
This post is an attempt to find a most efficient way of living for myself. It is not about ‘what’ I will do, but rather ‘how’ I want to do it. Whatever I do, these should become guiding principles. I hope that in exploring it, you also find something useful.
Living one day at a time
My mind needs to find a balance of thoughts between ‘My goals’ and ‘the present moment’. I have long term goals. But I have found that if I let my mind wander that far, it gets lost. On the other hand, if I focus too much on the present, I lose a direction towards future.
I feel that focusing on a cycle of one day is the best to keep this balance. If I plan and practice the best way to live the next day, it is enough. When I look no further than today, it takes away a lot of thoughts that are not needed right now. It helps me focus well and become one with my work today.
All I need to do is plan the next 24 hours before I sleep and try to live them in the best way I can.
Use the power of commitment
Out of all the self-help tools, I have found that commitment works best for me. When I commit to do something for an hour, it is usually the most productive hour of my day.
When I feel like procrastinating something, I usually commit to do it for next 30 minutes or an hour. Once I start the work, I really enjoy it and lose the track of time. The most difficult part of any work is to start off. It becomes easy if you make a commitment to do it, even if for a short period of time.
Focus on step-1
This is a very important tool that I have realized. When we have a big goal, we tend to get demotivated because we don’t know how we will get there. We know the destination clearly in mind, but the path is clouded. We cannot see all the steps.
The good thing is that we need only step-1.
I started learning music at the age of 20, with a vision that I will be playing my favorite songs on piano. When I started, it seemed so far away but I didn’t care about it. I started learning music note by note. Then I learned chords, scales and one day I found that I was able to play my favorite songs!
When I look back, I realize that all I needed to do was to take the next step, and the path further was revealed to me.
If we dream too big, we can never see at first how we will achieve it. But as we take step-1, the next step becomes clear. Your goals have to be really big to motivate you, but your actions must focus on taking one small step perfectly.
You complete 5 years by living one day at a time. You complete a 5 year goal by taking one step at a time.
Obsess about what I want
To raise my creative energy at its best, I must obsess about what I really want. I must attach huge amounts of emotional energy to it. It is really needed to move on to the next level.
I have reached where I am by doing things with certain energy level. But now to make a breakthrough I must attach high emotions to my goals. I already love what I do. But I still feel that I need more dedication to my work.
It is also a way of getting rid of distractions. If you try to eliminate distractions, other distractions will come up. But if you move all your emotional energy towards your work, there is no energy left for distractions.
Life is simple and sorted. We live a few years and then die. But the mind is a tough one to figure out.
Bringing the mind to balance is a great search that I am involved in. The first three points were about seeking the balance between present and future. The last step was about giving it a proper direction. These were a few ways I will apply to my life and see how it works out.
I hope you also gained something from this post. Thank you for reading 🙂