There are 86,400 seconds in a day that you get to use. The successful people you admire have the same amount of time in their day as you do, and they have discovered the discipline to maximize their day. You also have that opportunity. You have one chance to make this day a great day, and it’s important to be sure you are using each day like you want to.
Sometimes when I look back at parts of my day I think to myself “what the heck did I do with that time?” It will feel like I didn’t get enough done and that the day flew by. This especially happens when I go to bed at night. There are a few things I want to be sure I do each day during my free time, and unfortunately I have yet to work out the discipline to do them consistently (working on it).
Often, I can identify a main culprit contributing to my lack of ability to get things done...my cell phone (shocker). The amount of time I spend on my phone frightens me when I step back and look at my day as a whole, but in the moment it’s just such an alluring source of infinite information. It’s so easy to spend time on my phone, it’s relaxing and entertaining. Like many of you, my job can be mentally draining so it’s natural to want to escape to the mindlessness of the scrolling through Twitter.
BUT there needs to be some control. I think phones can be a good source of relaxation and decompression, but they can also dominate every free second we have. There are things that are important to me that I want to do each day (create, read, etc.), and honestly my phone gets in the way of that too often.
I won’t spend too much time reiterating what I said about cell phone use, but be careful with how much time you spend watching TV/Netflix. If you consistently receive the Netflix message “Are you still watching?” then you might need to reevaluate. I personally do love a little Netflix watching (Netflixing?), but don’t let it constantly get in the way of the things that will help you grow and develop.
Ultimately, I think it’s important to be aware of how you spend the time you have each day. Identify the things that really fulfill you and do more of those things. I have felt the most satisfaction in my life when doing things for others has been a focal point, and if I only have a certain amount of time in my day, I hope that I spend a part of it doing something for someone else. That can even be as easy as texting/emailing/writing someone and telling them I’m thankful for them. I love to read but I struggle to make time to do it daily. So right now a goal for myself is to open a book more during the times I would normally sit and look at my phone for a few minutes. I’m also trying to read more on the Kindle app on my phone during the times I don’t have a book with me. Either way, I want to read more and scroll less.
We only have one chance at today. Don’t miss it because you’re stressing about something that will happen in the future, or because you’re regretting something that happened in the past. Don’t miss it because you’re wrapped up in social media. Make it happen today, learn something new today, be kind to someone today, be intentional today, do what makes you happy today.
Our lives are the culmination of each day. Live each day as well as you can, and then do it again.