If you don?t design your own life plan, chances are you?ll fall into someone else?s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
– Jim Rohn
If you don?t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.
– Tony Gaskins
If you don?t plan your time, someone else will help you waste it.
– Zig Ziglar
There has to be something to having a plan for yourself. Life or daily plans it doesn?t matter, you gotta have something in place.
Follow me for a second.
The Numbered Puzzle Pieces
First, we start off in pre-school, at this age we?re not even aware we?re in school. We start to get acclimated to being around other kids.
We start learning how to make friends and learn the structure of education.
Next, we hit Kindergarten, and for the next 12 plus years, we go through an extremely well thought-out system of education. ?They schedule our meals, class times, and if you think about it, our friends are friends because they created the environment for us.
To get to the level of what we call ?success,? the path is very clear. You do A, then B, that makes Mom happy, Dad?s happy, Aunts and Uncles are happy. Life is pretty much clear cut, do this, and this will happen.
Now to my point. For our entire pre-adult lives we’re trained to act and do certain things to achieve happiness and success. But as we mature and age, at some point, we have to decide what?s right for us. Herein lies the problem?.
We?ve never had to decide and have no clue what?s good for us.
It?s tough, it takes self-awareness, time alone to learn who you are as a person. You need to be able to take the time when you?re not trying to please anyone, and “DO YOU.”
I?ve been through it, and at this stage in my life, I have found the things that bring me joy.
I love to workout. ?For that 45 minutes to an hour when I?m gettin? it in, nothing matters. ?The other thing I love to do is read.
I’ve noticed that when I don’t make time to do those two things, I’m stressed and I feel trapped. ?Those are my mental escapes and avenues I use for personal growth.
Carving out time for yourself can be challenging, but it?s not impossible. I don?t have kids, so I don?t know the challenges that?s associated with that. But as a man without a child, I have a few tactics that I use.
Let Everyone Know Your Schedule
I?ve heard all of the productivity experts preach about how to ?get things done.? One of the techniques that they teach is about your calendar. The idea is to schedule everything that you do on your calendar. According to the experts, ?if it?s not on your calendar, it?s not real.?
My 8 to 5 is almost scheduled like that, but after work, not so much. Maybe I should carry it over to after work, but honestly, I don?t like putting that kind of effort into writing down every detail.
But I will tell you this, either after work or before work, you?ve got to have time for yourself. You could be working on a personal project, and it could be church service or your gym time. Whatever it is to you, it?s important that you do it. So do it, and do it, ?by any means necessary.?
Step #1 & The Only Step That Matters
Schedule it, in your head or on paper. ?I don?t care, have a time in mind.
When I wake up in the morning, I make a cup of coffee. And before anything ever happens from 5:45 am – 6:30 am, either I try to write for this blog, do a little research, or read.
Here Take This…
Since I quoted Jim Rohn in this post, I’m going to add one of his YouTube clips. ?Really good Stuff.
I was trying to find the quote I used in the intro, but I got lost in the YouTube search and got hooked to what he was saying in this particular clip. ?I enjoyed it and I think you will too. ?It’s about 20 minutes long, so if you have time take a listen.