If you want to live your best life, you need to manage the heck out of all parts of it.
Success doesn’t just happen. It takes work. It takes dedication. It takes action and responsibility.
No, you can’t control what happens. You can’t control what other people do, just as much as you can’t control the weather.
What you can control are two things: your actions and your attitude.
And your actions can account for a lot of your success. Managing your life is about taking control over your actions and your attitude to the best of your ability.
But, what exactly do you need to manage to optimize your life?
Time is our most precious, non-renewable resource…and yet so many squander it away without a second thought.
How are you spending your time? Are you being productive in order to reach your goals?
Or are you just on auto-pilot, zombie-ing through your work day with a long to-do list, then Netflix until you go to bed?
Keep track of your time spent for one week. Be brutally honest (hey, if you can’t be honest with yourself, who can you be honest with?). Download this free time management workbook to help you easily track.
Track everything you do, from driving to work, to scrolling through Instagram, and making phone calls. At the end of the week, tally up how much time you’ve spent on various activities, like work, social time, family time, working out, business (if you have a side hustle outside of your full time), driving, scrolling, TV, reading – all of it.
Now, look at where you spend the majority of your time. Is that helping or hurting you get to where you want to be in life?
Managing your priorities goes hand-in-hand with managing your time.
You could easily fill your time with plenty of useless, unimportant tasks to keep yourself busy.
Or you could strategically focus on highly-impactful actions that will move your business or goals forward.
Do you wake up and scroll through your email and social media for 30-45 minutes? Or do you work on a blog post, a new opt-in, or other task that will have a real impact on your day?
Each day, make a list of all the tasks you want to complete. Then select the top one (yes, only one at a time) that will give you the biggest bang for the buck. The one that will move the needle on your goals, or the one that will make additional tasks on your list unnecessary. Do that until it’s complete, then select the next most important one.
A great book recommendation on this topic is The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.
You say you want to retire early with a cozy vacation cabin in the mountains, but if you’re dropping every dime you make on miscellaneous impulse purchases, and ignoring expanding your income streams, you’re not living in accordance with your goals.
Are you more concerned with what you want MOST, or what you want right now? Because those get you very different things in life.
If you have great aspirations for your future, and even your right now, it’s important to live by a budget and manage your income and outgo.
Ok, I know the word budget can be a little scary and off-putting for some people – but I promise it doesn’t have to be horrible! Check out this free budget spreadsheet template to help you get a head start.
Get a very clear picture of your financial standing at this moment. Then get a very clear picture of where you want it to be in the next year, 5 years, 10 years. Work backwards to create a solid plan on how to get there.
You’ve likely heard the saying that you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. And while it’s true you will likely have similar behaviors, thoughts, and habits of those you are with the most, there’s more to what influences you than just that.
Managing your influences includes more than just taking stock on the people in your life (you know, if you hang out with trouble makers, you’re likely to get in trouble).
It includes what you’re allowing to enter your mind.
What are you reading regularly?
What are you listening to every day?
What are you watching?
Where are you spending your time?
If these things, places, and people are not adding value to your life, limit them or exclude them.
It’s Not Always Easy
Managing your life isn’t always easy. There are times when it seems tedious to do all the mundane things that create success. But if the alternative is living a mediocre life, are you willing to take the reins and do more?
What area in your life do you struggle the most with managing?
Think about one or two things you can do this week to help you get better at it.
Drop a comment, or message me if you need help!