As we get prepared to end another year, most people will reflect on the events that have taken place in their lives over the past 12 months and determine what needs to be done differently. Once you become a parent, your aspirations to pursue personal dreams and goals are put on the back burner in order to provide the resources our children need to survive.
Even though that’s understandable, you don’t want to look back on your life and regret not taking the chances necessary to make your dreams a reality. In my opinion, establishing a new year’s resolution must also be combined with a strong focus on time management.
Have you ever asked someone “Why don’t you work out”? Or “Why haven’t you started that business you were talking about”? And their response was, “I don’t have the time”. In reality, most of us make time for what we really want but not for what we need. Therefore, start the year off right. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish this year but don’t forget to include the exact day and time you will be doing this activity.
Start off slow, maybe just 10 minutes a day at first. Include more time as you move forward, but the most significant part is your repetition and consistency. Also, look back on the previous year and pay close attention to how you spent your downtime. Whether it was watching the game or your favorite show on Netflix, those represent moments that can be spent building your dream. Don’t get me wrong, everyone requires time to unwind and get their mind off of an challenging or important task.
However, depending on what your goals are, that downtime should be taken in moderation. So, the question becomes. How much time did you waste this year? Only you know the answer to that question but it’s one you must answer honestly if you expect to make positive strides in the year to come.