Most of us work in a trade or profession that we trained in when we were young, or that we decided sounded interesting as teenagers. For most people, their primary focus and the majority of their activities are determined by the work that they do. I get to meet a lot of people and too often am finding that so many of us are not aligning our Time to what’s important to us, be it in in our work, our relationships or our spare time (I use the word spare loosely).
Grab a piece of paper and draw down a line in the middle of the paper. On the left, write down 5 things that are most important to you. Now on the right side, write down 5 activities you spend most of your time doing.
Now look at your list, are the things you spend most of your time doing the things that are most important to you in life? If you can’t align the left and right sides of your list then you are not using your time efficiently, why, because you are doing things that are not important to you and therefore also taking longer to do them!
It’s like having your car wheels out of alignment. When your wheels are a couple of degrees out of alignment and you keep on driving, not only will you wear the tires down fast but over time you will put a lot of stress on other car parts to the point where other things will start to go wrong and start to break down. Not to mention you’re burning unnecessary fuel due to inefficiency.
This concept also applies to life. When you are out of alignment and you continue to try and operate that way, you end up wasting valuable time, energy and resources. Not to mention the amount of stress you put on yourself when you spend time doing activities that just aren’t important to you and more importantly, that you don’t enjoy.
I am always amazed when I do this exercise myself because although it is a simple one, it speaks magnitudes, especially as I’ve grown older and the things that are important to me have changed.