I have read an article on “Big Think” last week titled “We’re all too Busy… Missing amazing opportunities” which came back to my mind when I read the post by my friend Jennifer Ebermann on “Enjoying the Present moment – the Story of the snail” that she posted yesterday.
It comes back to what I had been writing a few days ago about one of my day at work, doing things which are not fulfilling and especially doing things automatically without thinking about it. We just let our life pass by…
I have woken up and this is why I have decided to look for alternative ways to earn a living. I want fulfillment in my life and I want to be able to choose when and where I am going to work.
So here are a few excerpts from the Big Think’s article but you should read the whole thing as it is full of good advices:
Move from Being Busy In the Present to Being Strategic About the Future
As change accelerates and the pressure to keep up intensifies, the natural tendency is to try to speed up with it—to be busier. But rather than try to speed up even more, you need to slow down, stop, and think. Put aside all your current problems for a moment. Make the decision to devote a little time, on a regular basis, to looking at the Hard Trends and predictable opportunities that will happen in the near future.
Juggle Your Time Wisely
You’re juggling a lot of balls these days. You have your work ball, spouse ball, family ball, community ball, and many others. Fortunately, the work ball is made of rubber so if you drop it, it will bounce back. Many of the other balls are made of various thicknesses of glass. However, you can’t tell how thick the glass is until you drop it and see if it shatters. Therefore, you need to be careful.
So take a look at all the things you’re juggling. There are some things that are precious that you never want to drop. Identify those. Many people do drop those balls and that’s why there are divorces, kids you can’t relate to, and all kinds of family problems. So which balls do you never want to drop?
A good idea is to make a list of the balls you’re juggling and order them in terms of relevancy, from most relevant to least. Include everything, such as publications you read, clubs or groups you belong to, specific tasks you do at work and at home, etc. Which are the most relevant? Maybe there are things you read that are really wasting your time. Perhaps you commit time to groups that are no longer meaningful or profitable for you. Maybe you do tasks that someone else can and should do.
After you do this, will you still be busy? Yes, but it’ll be the right kind of busy. When you can be both anticipatory and strategic in all areas of your life, you can be busy based on opportunities, not based on the latest crisis you need to address. Only then will the busy pace of life feel worth it, and your personal and professional life will prosper.
I think it is so important to be able to live the present, life is too short and I really do not want to have any regrets when I’ll be too old to do much about it.
So my advice would be, live your life to the full and enjoy each moment given to you on this earth.