How to Not Waste Time

I want to share a very specific technique to help you stop wasting time.  I actually used it this week and it rocked my world.  You can do it today and it’s going to change your life. 

I’m just like you!  I have times where I get on Facebook or Instagram too much.  I’ve been having so much fun with Instagram Reelz.  Which is cool when it’s productive, but it can also turn into a time waster.  It’s never an hour-long thing, it’s more like numerous times in an hour that I’m opening up the app. 

It’s micro minutes that are wasted in between calls and appointments. 

You know exactly what I’m talking about.

A lot of the changes you’re going to be making are not always consistent.  I think that’s an unrealistic expectation that a lot of us have.  When you start to drop into the next level version of yourself, you’ll have days where you’re killing it and then you’ll have a shitty day.  But then you’ll bounce back the next day and be good to go.  It’s unrealistic to expect that we won’t be human. 

When you become the next level version of yourself it doesn’t mean there won’t be times you’ll see glimpses of old behaviors.

They will come back up.

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Think about habits like a corn field.  Every time you complete a habit, you’re running through a corn field and it creates a well-worn path.  If you do this hundreds of times, like checking Instagram, you can easily see that path.  But now you’ve changed, and it isn’t as much of a problem anymore. Bu then let’s say something happens like you get into a fight with your partner and you’re avoiding him, so you start to scroll Instagram.  This old path was starting to grow over, but now you’ve run through it again. 

pinterestThe path is always going to be there because you’ve done it thousands of times.  To just expect that you’re never going to go down it again is just unreasonable.  What we’re looking to do is decrease the likelihood of that thing happening. If Instagram is your issue, then you just want to scale it back and do your best.  If you have a bad day, don’t make it mean something about you, just get back on track.

I realized this past weekend that I was spending way too much time on Instagram.  So, on Monday I decided to set my intention for the week as I usually do. But this week I did something different and journaled on all of the things I could be doing if I wasn’t checking Instagram too much.  I came up with a list of twenty things that I wanted to be working on.  Some of them include learning new skills, reading new books, finishing books I haven’t finished in the first place.

After I wrote the list I went back and read it.  I realized the magnitude of the things that could be positively impacting my life if I chose not to constantly check Instagram.  It was like a smack in the face to see all off the things I could be if I just chose not to check Instagram so much.  It was such an impactful exercise that it’s really going to stick with me.  

Because there’s no doubt I could be an even better version of myself if I just stopped the habit that wasn’t serving me.

There was so much motivation packed into this list of 20 things that I knew I had to share it with you. Today I invite you to try this exercise. What is the thing you’re doing that you know isn’t helping you become who you want to be?  It might be wasting time shopping online, reading TMZ, or watching stuff on Netflix.  You’re probably not even really enjoying it that much any more which is another sign that the habit isn’t serving you.

That’s what happened to me with alcohol. It got to the point where I was bored with it.  And now that’s happening to me with constantly checking Instagram. 

If you have a habit you’re no longer enjoying and it’s holding you back, create a list of all the things you could be doing, being and achieving if you didn’t allocate time to that habit. 

The proof is in the pudding.  Right there before you will be a list of all of the possible things you could achieve if you choose to acknowledge how it’s not serving you and take action on it.

What do you think?  Are you going to try it?  Let me know in the comments!

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