I had a bit of a realization tonight. It’s not a complicated one, but it’s still a valuable one for me.
I tend to be unhappiest with my free time when I feel that I am wasting my time, and I feel like I am wasting my time when I’m not moving towards any of my personal goals.
This isn’t to say that I can’t enjoy a quiet day of reading or relaxing out in the sun. However, today I had a change in plans that left me with a few free hours that I hadn’t accounted for. For the first hour, I did nothing with the time, and my agitation dramatically increased as a result. Then, I finally clued in as to why I was annoyed, and changed gears and got some stuff done.
I think I need to connect more frequently with what I want my endgame to be – what I want to be the end results of my actions. I recall when I used to do orienteering as part of scouting. It was a good idea to take your bearings occasionally and make sure you were on the right heading. I think continuing to define (and evolve) my endgame will be a key to keeping on the right heading and getting to where I want to go.
Let’s face it, we live in a world with constant distractions. It’s would be incredibly easy to spend every night doing nothing (often in the form of keeping a couch warm while watching television). There’s nothing wrong with enjoying TV, but if it’s not helping you towards your goal, maybe you and I should be turning our televisions off, checking our bearings, and getting back on the right heading.
What tools do you use to keep your focus on your goals? Is it a vision board, a rigid to-do list, or something else entirely?