Extreme control over your day via scheduling, goal setting, and scripting has just the opposite effect that most people think. It is liberating and freedom producing, not restrictive and tedious.
Most people think that anal control over every minute of your day constrains you, robs you of fun and spontaneity, and turns you into a rigid freak.
They couldn’t be more wrong. By controlling your time, your schedule and your actions, you gain total freedom by accomplishing what YOU need to accomplish, doing what YOU need to do, spending your time the way YOU need to spend it. All those you statements may sound selfish, but it’s not when you are doing what YOU know is the right thing to do given the right priorities.
What’s the alternative? Waking up and just letting life happen which typically includes other people and circumstances interrupt you constantly, allowing what other people declare as urgent to keep you from doing what is important… and finally allowing haphazard laziness and time wasting habits (TV anyone?) to steal away your most precious commodity: TIME.
What did you do with your time yesterday? How about last week this time? If you can’t tell me, I can tell you: you wasted it. Threw it away. Gave it away. Blew it. Lost it.
Rigid control over your day gives you the freedom to do what YOU know is truly important, instead of what other people or life throws at you with total disregard for your priorities. We aren’t just talking business… I’m talking about everything that is important to you. For example, here’s my rigid, control freak schedule for today which in reality is going to allow me to do all the things for today that I know are really important and fulfilling:
- 5am: wake up
- 5:30 – 8:00am: bible study, devotional time, writing, personal blog (and that time is further segmented on my actual schedule so it is maximized)
- 8:00am – 5:00pm: work (and that work time is scheduled according to what tasks are IMPORTANT; the unimportant urgent things can wait)
- 5:30 – 6:15pm: work out, exercise
- 6:15 – 7:00pm: dinner, time playing with children
- 7:00 – 8:00pm: normally more family/kids time, tonight it happens to be doing the bills and budgeting with my wife
- 8:00 – 8:15pm: kids to bed
- 8:15 – 9:00pm: check my email, tie up loose ends, plan my next day
- 9:00 – 10pm: wife time, read the Bible together, pray, spend time together talking and….. none of your business.
I don’t show you my schedule to say look at me. I show you to demonstrate that when I lay down to go to sleep at 10pm tonight, I’m not going to be frustrated or feel guilty that I wasted time, made no progress with my life, or spent my whole day putting out urgent but important fires that other people forced on me.
I get the GREATEST FREEDOM knowing that I have planned my day to meet the needs, goals and desire dictated by my priorities: God, marriage, kids, business.
That’s a typical business day. On weekends or holidays, use the same scheduling technique to make sure those days are not just wasted away but filled up with meaningful, life-fulfilling, important things… even if those important things are rest, fun, play and family time. ESPECIALLY if they are those things.
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