I woke up staring at the shiny screen that popped out notifications, I buried my head within futile applications, and unknowingly cut myself from the real world – that didn’t feel like a life.
Honestly, I regret it.
Here’s a lesson I’ve learned from the changes I try to bring in my life – little changes work better than the bigger ones. Or at least, it seems to be so in my case.
Your lifestyle might be different than me. Maybe you are busier, have lesser time, or do a lot more tiring chores than me.
But here’s the deal – what’s mentioned below is quite simple. Something you can use regardless of what kind of life you lead.
Have you been struggling since a long time to do something but aren’t yet able to make it happen?
Each day you wake up with a number of tasks which you have in your mind, but you don’t necessarily complete them. You skip and keep delaying those tasks until they start bothering you.
There comes a time when you realize that all that you were trying to avoid now stands right in front of you and needs to be dealt with.
Perhaps, because you’re busy. Or maybe you already have a lot to do at hand and you cannot afford to compromise that.
But is it right to justify things which you aren’t able to do? You’re supposed to do them anyway.
Everything that you do can be divided into three categories.
You are likely to complete the activities which are a part your job or chores because you don’t have other choice.
As you get busier and the workload goes on increasing, you begin to reconsider you choices. You cut-off the tasks which don’t matter, assign less time to what seems unnecessary and focus more on what affects you life directly.
But when you’re a given a choice to not do something, the first things to be thrown off your schedule are the ones which don’t serve your temporary needs.
So you don’t think much about doing the tasks which fall in the third type, which you treat as insignificant. This kind of work includes personal goals, side activities and hobbies. It may include your vacation plan, dream of starting a blog, reading favorite books or learning something new.
But then, you say that you have no time for them and stop all your efforts at once.
You don’t learn French as often as you used to.
You give up the idea of learning a guitar.
Reading new books isn’t on your list.
But claiming that you have no time and giving up these activities can cause you the greatest loss. The activities which seem to be insignificant temporarily are responsible for your personal growth, although you might not realize it.
If you prevent yourself from doing the things which slowly build your character and are responsible for your steady growth, you halt your progress unknowingly.
So don’t say that you have no time to do what can improve your life and take you to a higher level.
You have time for everything. Its just that you need to readjust your priorities, cut off some things and make a balance.
Because you think that there will come a perfect time in bulk, with favorable circumstances, when you would be able to finally start and finish as well. It never happens.
What happens is that you decide to do a thing. You make up your mind.
A week later you realize that you haven’t even moved an inch.
Then your days keep passing in the same way. Weeks and months pass too.
Yet when you look back to track your progress – Nothing.
The reason why you couldn’t get much done is that you try to do everything at once, lose your patience, and let your situation overwhelm you. In that way, you think much and do less.
While you’re busy dealing with the duties which you’re obliged to do, you completely deny to do the activities which you feel like doing.
So what you do in such a situation?
Divide your tasks in small chunks and finish them one day at a time. You don’t need to do all of them at once.
If you’re ready to take tiny steps for a change, that would be enough. Enough to set you in a routine and give you the chance to do what you love even while you’re busy.
For instance, you can start learning the guitar after you finish learning French. Or you can do both of them – on alternate weeks.
You can start by doing tiny activities each day.
All these things. Bit by bit. Each day.
If you succeed at that, then you’ll probably witness the change and effects. You’ll be doing what you want to do – even if at a small level. The smallest step which you take will take you further on your journey.
Be patient. Do all that you can. What matters is in going on somehow without letting anything come in your way.
When you find yourself helpless and think that you can do nothing, take everything one day at a time. It’s better than doing nothing.
If you want to do something but you’re failing at it, try to do as much as you can. Let nothing stop you.
If there’s something you wish to do but don’t have much time for, then do it one day at a time. It is better than doing nothing. After all, how do you expect your goals to happen when you don’t make them happen? Find a way to keep going.
All it takes are some sincere efforts, each day.