“Life is a journey, not a destination” and “It is not the length of life, but the depth” are just two of the many famous quotes to come from Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American poet, lecturer, essayist and philosopher.
Importantly, these two quotes deliver a powerful message when it comes to how you decide to live your life now and into the future, especially in terms of time management – and, the outcomes that can arise from these decisions.
In short, cause and effect.
With this in mind, consider the following for a moment:
Digital technology usage (as an example)
In this increasingly fast-paced and interconnected world, you are probably finding yourself interacting with digital technology (especially online) at a growing rate, in both a personal and work-related setting. Whilst there are obvious benefits to digital technology, it’s important to still take a balanced approach to its usage.
For example, from a time management perspective, there is a question worth asking. Are the decisions that you are making regarding digital technology usage in certain areas impeding on your ability to achieve your goals and objectives (e.g. invest time in yourself) – and, lead a productive and meaningful life?
The results from a recent report(#) serve to highlight what we mean by this question. For example, on a personal level (as a consumer), on average, you may find that some or all of the following relate to you:
In our article, ‘The personal finance roadmap and the age of distractions’, we discuss distractions.
Briefly, distractions can take many forms and arise from a diverse range of sources; however, there is often a common thread. A distraction, when acknowledged and pursued, can take away our attention and concentration from an intended area of focus and redirect it either partially or fully to another.
Over time, these distractions can become engrained in our psyche and form part of our habitual routines, which can evidently make them harder to break down the track. With this in mind, it’s important to reflect on the prevalence, and impact, of digital technology usage in certain areas when it comes to your ability to achieve your goals and objectives (e.g. invest time in yourself).
Importantly, if you are finding that you don’t have the time to commit to your goals and objectives, then it may be worthwhile taking stock of your daily, weekly and monthly routine. For example, start ‘time tracking’ and then complete a ‘time budget’. You may be surprised by the results, especially when you extrapolate them out individually (and collectively) over a longer period, say a year.
After reflecting on the results, you may find that there is time that can be redirected to something more beneficial to you now and into the future, such as improving your health and wellness, expanding your knowledge and skillset, and eliciting positive outcomes in certain areas of your personal finances.
After reading this article, you may enjoy this insightful TED Talk by Stephen Duneier, where he explains how to achieve your most ambitious goals.
#Sensis. (2018). Yellow Social Media Report 2018 – Consumers.