Unlike any other human resource, you cannot borrow, save or store time. We have the same hours each day, and it’s only until you understand the importance of time, that you realize you must manage it to live your best life.
But how often do you spend time overthinking, fearing, distracted, and procrastinating? How many hours are you spending on things you shouldn’t? It’s easier said than done, if you don’t know what to spend less time on. Below are 8 things you must spend less time on to live a truly great life.
1. Spend Less Time on Distractions
Distractions surround us, rarely do we realise how tempting and damaging they are. With social media, television, video games, music, etc.. you can quickly lose track of your time. You could be working, and you are tempted to check twitter and snap – 30 minutes are gone.. According to Roy Morgan, the average Australian spends 6 hours on social media a week, while the average American spends 11 hours per day on social media.
Distractions result in forgetfulness, waste your time, and reduce your productivity. To avoid them, plan your day, break down tasks for simplicity, focus on one thing at a time, and create a focused workspace.
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” Shakespeare
Self-doubt is that persuasive voice in your head that says you can’t achieve your desires and it is one of the things to spend less time on for a better life. It damages your will and drive to move forward, results in procrastination which is the thief of time, you miss out on opportunities, and it kills personal growth.
To overcome self-doubt, open yourself to more opportunities: more yeses, and fewer nos. By doing so, you develop an iron will to go after what you want.
We are not strangers to procrastination. We are familiar with it, only that some are lucky to identify it in time, but unfortunately for others, it steals their time and dreams.
Procrastination not only steals your time but your health, your wealth and your success. Spend less time on it, lest you blow your opportunities, ruin your career, or worse damage your reputation. You can conquer procrastination by getting organised, planning your day, and timing yourself.
4. Spend Less Time Fearing Failure
Also known as “atychiphobia,” the fear of failure is when we stop doing things that move us closer to our goals because we are afraid we might not succeed. Fear of failure has many causes from unsupportive parents or a traumatic event. Nonetheless, it is one of the things to spend less time on for a great life.
Instead of being intimidated by failure, ask yourself: What if I succeed? That should be enough motivation to keep you going.
Vacillating is to waver in mind. Always questioning your decisions. Do you ever have questions such as: is this the right career for me? Is this the right business to pursue? Is this the girl for me? This is vacillating.
Once you make a decision, be committed to it. Never back down even if there are a few scary moments and it is best you decide based on core values. Will it improve the mastery of your passion, your freedom, and your relationship with other people?
6. Spend Less Time on Delusions
Have you heard of the “smoking crack bias?” It is where one thinks they will never smoke their crack only to become the worst addicts. The same happens in life, whether in business or your career. You delude yourself that your product solves a problem when it doesn’t cut it.
We recommend being the scientist of your life. Do not take anything at face value and dissect your performance, your business idea, your product to know whether it meets the requisite standards.
7. Un-healthy Lifestyle
If you want to live a great life, it starts here. You have to give up the unhealthy lifestyle. An unhealthy lifestyle leads to fatigue, increases irritability, increases stress and depression, causes poor mental health, and finally reduces your ability to think clearly and work efficiently.
The good news is that a healthy lifestyle requires only two things: a healthy diet, and physical activity.
8. Lack of Self-Discipline
Self-discipline involves acting according to what is right and not following your impulses. It is sacrificing immediate pleasure for what matters most in life. However, most lack this skill resulting in a life that is in complete disarray.
To cultivate self-discipline, start small. It could be doing your dishes after every meal, or making your bed every morning. These small rituals result in trained self-discipline, and eventually, you’ll become naturally capable of doing what should be done.
If any or all the signs check out, fear not as you can change. Seeing as you’ve acknowledged these traits, you are well on your way to step away from this state.
Follow the steps provided, to live a great life.