You know that mug, “You have as many hours in the day as Beyonce”? I love that mug. (Available for pre-order here). I love it not because it reminds me that I have not yet found my flawless diva fame, but instead, it’s a reminder that in order to do that, I better start prioritizing what’s actually important to me.
As a society, between smart phones, text messages and constant communication, whenever you ask someone how they’re doing, or how work is, it’s “busy.” Everyone is busy. Very very busy. It’s why we show up late to dinners, or not at all. It’s why we never emailed you back, or forgot your birthday. We also kind of love showing off just how busy we are, and it can make us feel super important. And I understand that. But after missing one too many invitations, I went hunting for some ideas to move away from The Busy Trap, and I found an article from Lifehacker on becoming an Essentialist taken from the Harvard Business Review and their Humblebrag article. Here are some tips below!
- Schedule a personal quarterly off site – Take some time to really think about yourself, your goals, and what’s important to you. Every three months, write down what you want to accomplish coming up. Not only will it give you some strong focus, it could also help you on ensuring that you’re finding Purpose in your daily life.
- Rest well to excel – Arianna Huffington for making sleep a priority, and we should, too.
- Add expiration dates to activities –
- Say no to a good opportunity every week –
These four tips helped me start considering how to make more time for myself. I schedule my gym times, and I don’t cancel on plans anymore. Or at least, as much as I used to. I also follow the Two Minute Rule by James Clear: if emailing you back, or sending a funny birthday e-card is only going to take two minutes, I do it. Right now. Immediately. If I bumped into you on the street and said, “hey, let’s hang out!” I’m going to email you the next moment I’m sitting at a computer to let you know I meant it.