Lifehacks for Busy People
A lifehack is a different way to attack a problem or a better way to do your normal life better. A lifehack allows you to see a better way to approach your day or structure your time. It might be a more efficient use of your resources, and maybe even a unique way to organize your life. I enjoy following lifehack.org for the diverse hacks that I receive in my inbox each day.
Here are three LIFEHACKS that have proven to be super helpful to me over the past year. I hope they are of help to you as well.
Manage your energy more than your time. It sounds bassackward, but it makes perfect sense when you add this statement to the definition. “Do what you do best when you are at your best.” We all have the pull of urgent tasks in our lives. We all have important tasks in our lives, but we never truly succeed until we start working toward significant tasks in our lives. What’s the difference, you ask? Urgent tasks are time sensitive, not big picture, life-altering deeply emotional, vision-filled tasks. A good example of an urgent task is taking the trash out because they pick it up at 7:00 am. There are also important tasks. These are tasks that you should get done, but they aren’t on the top five based on the time sensitivity. And then the good stuff – SIGNIFICANT TASKS. These are the visionary’s dream. The ability to get something done today, that will leave an impact on your world in the future. If the desired outcome is that you want to write a book this year, a significant task might be to write for 20-minutes today. Nobody might know you did it but you, but it is significant. If you want to lose 100 pounds this year, walking two miles today might be significant, but not urgent. If we give our best time to the matters of significance, what we do best will receive our best time. My best time is 6:00 am – 2:00 pm. If what I believe is truly significant, I’ll schedule it in the window of time that I am at my best! A few things that are significant to me are Meditation and Gratitude, Writing, Reading, Quietude, exercise, fun dates with Jenny and hiking. If these do not find a place in my 6:00 – 2:00 window, they probably will not get done. Separating urgent, important and significant in your weekly plans are critical to leaving an imprint on our planet. I use a self-designed “AHA Planner” that will be available to you in a printed form in May 2017.
Live a life filled with mini-habits. Most of us have something that we want to change in our lives. Weight, health, endurance, relationships, jobs, etc. We often determine at the first of each year all of the things that we are going to do and accomplish. We listen to the words of Stephen Covey, when he says, “see the end from the beginning.” Then eleven days into the plans to run a marathon, we determine that it cannot be done. What if we determined to see the weekend from the beginning of the week? What if we developed mini-habits. I started 2017 wanting to gain more strength. Monday, January 2, 2017, I did 5 pushups and 5 squats. I did that Monday – Friday. I’ve added 1 rep to each at the beginning of each work week. This is week is week 13. Yep, you guessed it. This morning I did 21 pushups and 21 squats. Yes, I know, it should have been 18, but I felt a bit frisky last week and advanced a couple of weeks. I wanted to write a book this year. Since May 2016, I’ve yet to miss a weekday that I posted a BLOG. I typically write about 20 minutes each day. I now have several thousand folks that read my often bizarre thoughts and will indeed have my book published. The key? Adding one push-up and squat a week and writing 20 minutes each weekday. Get your want to into a mini-habit of to-dos, so they can become did-dos, and just see how you can stay the course!
Meditate – Meditate – Meditate! If I had the opportunity to answer this question: Chuck, in a sentence, what would be your best advice to a driven, goal-oriented professional? And the answer would be: Do whatever you have to do that allows you to read, respond to and react to God’s Word. Make a BIG DEAL about the Bible. It’s not about how much you read – It’s that you read! What makes the Bible different than every other book on the planet is that it is a living, breathing part of God Himself. When you read the Holy Scriptures, you are inviting the Divine to go to work in your life. It always works. It never fails. Now respond by saying back to the Author, God, today, would you ___________________________ in my life? And then react. God, I’m grateful for 1) ______________ 2) ______________________ 3) ________________________. Then order your day to go kill it! Meditate – Meditate – Meditate! The Daily AHA!, found on the Sugar Hill Church APP lays all of that out for you Monday – Friday!
Hack your life into wildly successful days!
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