We all go about every day doing things the way we know how. It becomes natural to us. After all, this is how we have always been doing it. However, the way we know how to do things is not always the best or most efficient way to do something.
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While it may get the job done and you might even achieve some great results, you may lose out on your most valuable asset: TIME. If time were not a limited and invaluable asset to us, perhaps efficiency would not matter much. This guide will give you 5 simple steps you can take today to achieve more efficiency in your life.
1. Have a Plan
Have a plan for everything in life you are trying to achieve. Set a concrete goal for any and everything you are trying to achieve. Then, work backwards to reach that goal. For example, if you want to create a good career plan for yourself, begin with the question of how you plan to live after retirement. Then figure what type of career choice suits your personal tastes. Next, ask yourself what kind of education you need to land a job in the career of your choice.
Next, figure out what you need to do to get those degrees, and so on. Many smaller plans may come along the way, but do not get so consumed by them that you forget your main plan. Those other things may simply be a means to an end (your goal!). Always keep the forest in mind, as you focus on the trees. And remember, even a bad plan is better than no plan.
2. Put Yourself Out There
Never be afraid to put yourself out there and let everyone know what you are up to. Whether it be a new organization you just joined or a business you just started, always put your life out there to the public to see. Expose yourself to any situations where you get a chance to share your thoughts, ideas, or actions. In today’s world of social media, it is very easy to share with others what you are doing with your life.
Any new idea you might have, pitch it to your social groups. They might have some valuable information you can use to your advantage. But more importantly, you will build new relationships and friends simply from marketing yourself and your ideas to your peers.
3. Reach Out to Others
Everyone likes to believe he or she can do it all. While some of us might get pretty darn close, we must admit, we cannot do it all on our own. Humans are social creatures and we depend on each other for survival. Whenever you get stuck, do not despair. You have several tools at your fingertips (literally!). First, try Google. If you are having an issue with something, chances are someone else out there has already dealt with the same issue before. If such is the case, then probably someone has written about some type of solution to the problem.
Search for the solutions others have to share. If you are trying to get something done but are simply unable to do it on your own, don’t give up! Reach out to others. You will be surprised by how many people can help you and provide valuable insight if you simply ask them. A great leader is never the one who can do it all on his own. He is never the smartest one in the group either. He simply finds others who can help him and surrounds himself with those people. So, never hesitate to ask for help if you need it!
4. Discover Your Passion
We all have heard the saying “If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.” While that saying is very much true, discovering what it is that you are good at and passionate about may not be so easy sometimes. There are literally thousands of things out in the world right now as you read this article that you might find enjoyable to do. So, how can you find out about these things? You might think you know what you like to do, but chances are you don’t know all of it.
First, start with the things you do know that you like to do. Find out how you can get involved with doing whatever it is that you enjoy doing and the rent will get paid and the bread will come to the table. It always has and always will. To find out more things that you might enjoy doing, simply expose yourself to new things all the time. If there is something you have always wanted to try but were too shy, try it next time.
You have nothing to lose. Always exposing yourself to new experiences is one of the most efficient ways of discovering your passions and interests. Try a new hobby, talk to that stranger, take that trip out of town, do that thing that you never saw yourself doing. Who knows, may be in the process, you may end up discovering a new interest that you fall in love with. If you are passionate about something, nothing can stop you. Passion + Vision = Action!
5. Live by the Moment
People often say “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” It has some truth to it. We get so busy with our plans for the future that we forget to enjoy the present. Instead of waking up every Monday and dreading the week ahead of you, enjoy the moments! Be positive anytime you can and things will begin to go right. Suddenly, people will like you more.
If you are doing something that you absolutely hate, then stop doing it! Find something that you DO enjoy instead. If you want your future to change, you have to begin by changing what you are doing now. And that begins with enjoying the things that you do now. Remember, time is your most valuable asset and he is never on your side. So, use your moments wisely.
Life is simply too short to be spent being unhappy. Just look around you, chances are, you will find 100 things to smile about. The key to happiness, success, efficiency, or whatever it is that you are pursuing is to live each day with positivity and a caring attitude. Do not worry so much about looking for the good times ahead. The good times are happening now! All you have to do is enjoy them. Strive to leave the world a better place than you found it, but have a really good time while doing it.