Social media can easily take up a lots of time from the day. For me, personally the thing about Twitter and Facebook are that, I am not able to track the time properly. I think social media is convenient, however mostly its just information that is not critical in the present.
I am not trying to rely now on any productivity apps to decrease their use. Instead I’ll encourage to shift the focus to the advantages of spending that little time doing something high quality thing like reading an actual book instead of refreshing news, or sketching a cartoon instead of endlessly consuming the funny cat videos.
Overall I’ve begun to value creativity. Big idea comes from Pablo Picasso, to let inspiration have a chance. Without giving it a chance, it rarely likely to happen. Many other artists have been known for their great productivity and work ethic as well like Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin or Leonardo Da Vinci, genius.
In order to be more productive I’ve started to design my life around achievable goals, action and a bit more merciful attitude.
- Achievable goals are must, but you also need to be able to track how well you are progressing. Check out the SMART goals –principle if you are not familiar with that, it’s great guideline.
- Action of course is the movement and foundation towards the thing. You should make the decisions when you posses the most clarity and you shouldn’t then start to negotiate with yourself about that decision in the morning.
- Mercy, important concept. We are often times too harsh towards ourselves. A bit mercy, especially when you’ve tried goes long way. Really great TED talk about the emotional hygiene, forgiveness by Guy Winch.
By implementing this kind of thinking more into my life past few months, I’ve managed to turn the feeling of purpose up notch, I feel happy with the life I am living and the incrimental progress. No need to suffer no longer about the things I could be or should be doing, I can enjoy the present life. Happiness in the present also seems to bring great results according to the ’Happiness Advantage’ book by Shawn Achor I just picked up yesterday.
I love it. Orange cover ftw! I recommend the book as well.
In essence, once we are on track to focus the more essential living the life we want to live and we are getting results. It’s fun!