Whether it’s work, home, friends, family, children or any other aspect of your life, there is always something left to do! The house could have been cleaner, shopping could have been done last week, reading time could have been longer and work could have been more fulfilling.
There are things we could have done better and there are also things we could have done worse and it wouldn’t have mattered.
Our efforts have to directed in a way which makes most sense. Put in efforts where you are expecting maximum returns. Do not put in efforts where there are no returns.
How do we measure returns? – Returns add value to our life. They help us grow intellectually or financially.
What is the point of investing time and efforts in an area that will not help us in any way? We may choose to do so, if we want to waste our time and efforts or maybe just for fun, but we have to understand that we will not get any returns. This also reduces the pressure and the expectation that ‘I have to get returns from this venture’.
We can only get good returns if we spend our time and energy wisely.
You can take hundreds of time management classes and seminars but the decision to take up a task or not, is very personal. The choices vary for every individual.
Something that makes sense to me, may not make sense to you at all.
We have 24 hours in a day and we only have three areas to focus on:
Home & Family
Work & Learning
Fun will not give returns but it is important to replenish our energies.
I am a perfectionist, so when I pick up a task, I really want to do it well. Sometimes, I do not move onto another task because of that first task at hand.
I read somewhere that after every hour of work, you need one minute of silence. I also read that if you work on something for half an hour and then try to shift your focus to another task and later come back to the first task, your mind gets to learn new things.
Train your mind so it can shift its focus on different things throughout the day. There will always be something left to do in every area but as long as all the areas are at par and none is neglected, a balance is maintained.
It is important to maintain balance in terms of people. Who holds most value for you and who does not? Are you spending your energies on a section of people who may not be there in your life the next week?
Are you giving maximum importance to your family?
People who help you grow intellectually or morally hold maximum value.
People, especially friends whom you meet for fun help you replenish your energies.
People who do not have any role in your life – and do not add any value to your life – should not add any worries or concerns to your life. Or rather, you should not be worried or concerned about them.
Filter your tasks and the people in your life, to make the most out of the resources at hand.
There is always something left to do and probably that’s the way life should be.