The alpha and omega of life is this: to run my life and not let it run me. In a perverse twist of karma, I have a deep streak of work ethic. The boot-strapping, Henry Ford, ‘You gotta WORK to get ahead in this life, son” type of work ethic.
This is NOT how I want to run my life. I’m 23. I acknowledge that a great deal of front-end effort is necessary for an entrepreneur. But I don’t believe, as my forefathers did, that this type of exertion is going to be necessary for 40-odd years. If it is, I don’t want to play this game anymore.
I have a hard time believing in effortless prosperity. In fact, the basic premise of that tenet is that if your truly believe in yourself, and you contemplate your own self-worth, the universe will see fit to reward you with wealth and prosperity. Now, I think I value myself very highly (especially when I think in terms of growth potential), but I also don’t think I’d value any success I didn’t have to work for. (I’ve talked about this before).
Sweat equity is a good thing, in my opinion. It means that you’ve been given the opportunity to decide whether or not you really want what you’re working towards.
But enough philosophy.
My ultimate goal, in terms of organization and time management, is to achieve effortless optimization of time and energy allocation. Impossible you say? Only if you don’t want to WORK at it, son. You can achieve anything with enough hard work and gumption!
Seriously, though, I’m like a born-again evangelist. I believe deeply that I can become organized enough that the hell-fire flames that consume those around me can not touch me if I am pure. Do I hear an amen, brother!
Damn, those voices are getting out of hand again.
I have several habits that I use to achieve this state of oneness with the universe.
- I write down everything I say, do, think, or promise that has a future job attached to it. I don’t worry about organizing it, I just write it down. This empties the mind.
- I have a daily checklist that encompasses all the mundane tasks that need to be done in the day. Starting with, “wash your face”, and ending with, “tidy the living room and kitchen before bed”. The aim is NEVER having to think about what needs to be done, except during the designated “planning” portion of your day (see below)
- I identify what NEEDS to be done in a day. Need is very strictly interpreted to mean that there is a specific hard deadline associated with it. I try very hard to never schedule more than two of these in a day. If I have to, it usually means that I’ve been lax in getting things done in an efficient manner.
- I list items which I would like to complete in during the day. This is my biggest hurdle. I always want to accomplish far more than I actually can or do, bringing on a generous dusting of guilt. Try to keep this list down to 4 items, and if it helps, estimate the time they will take and schedule them into your day timer. This way, you can accurately gauge whether or not you will ACTUALLY have time to do them.
“Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods… So let us celebrate the struggle!”