To become peaceful and happy, your head has to be organized. For your head to be organized, your daily schedule has to be organized. Sure, you’ve heard this before, but I just might be able to bring some new insight into the matter.
Until a few months ago, I had done very little to organize my daily activities. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even try to organize them.
I had (and still have) a technology business that was doing quite well and therefore thought that my routine had to be hunky-dory, otherwise how did my business get to be where it was?
But then, thanks to the Internet, I was exposed to how productive other people were. They were probably 50 times as productive as I was and were leading perfectly normal lives. It’s not that they never had any time for recreation, eating out or spending time with family. It’s just that they utilized their working time in a far more efficient manner than I was utilizing mine.
Specifically, what really opened my eyes was a statement that my good friend and Internet marketing superstar Willie Crawford mentioned in a post. He said that he divided his working day into five minute segments! My eyes almost popped out of my head, because he was really saying that he accounted for the output of every five minutes of his working day. Whoa!
Once I got to thinking about that statement of Willie’s, I realized by comparison how inefficient I was. I immediately decided to practice the important self-improvement technique, “Copy the Master.” I divided my working hours into five minute segments. I decided on the four or five projects that I would work on during the day and assigned a certain number of five-minute segments to each project.
I then made a first attempt at following this schedule. I immediately noticed something: I had a tendency to overstep the time limit for each project, and this messed up the whole day’s schedule. The lesson I learned: no matter how absorbing or incomplete a project is, when it’s allotted time period is over, stop working on it cold turkey.
It took me a little practice to get the hang of this, but I quickly developed the necessary skill; developing this skill also gave me a sense of great satisfaction, because now I had the capability to ignore my mind’s craving for continuing work on a project. This strengthened my ability to not yield to what my mind was asking for in general . This is an important ability, since it makes you immune to being blown around like a leaf in the breeze by your mind and therefore increases the control you have over how your life proceeds.
I would strongly encourage you to divide your working hours into five-minute segments and make each one of these segments accountable. Just try it for one day, you’ll probably be amazed at the results!
To your good life,
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