What do you do the moment you get up from bed in the morning, and start your smartphone/laptop?
Read emails.. Check Facebook and Twitter updates.. Shoot off prompt replies to the queries of your Boss.. Make a mad dash to get ready for your office?
Well, that’s what I had been doing all this while. And I expect many of you would be doing too..
But then, do you realize that by doing all this, you lose your chance to:
- Harness your most creative moments of the day to work on that dream personal project
- Tap in that great idea that flit through your head just before you fell asleep last night
- Tell yourself how this day would be a step ahead for your Goals
When you start your day with someone else’s agenda, you give away control of your life to others. You let them lead the day for you. You become a reactive automaton.
So that’s the theme of Idea#1 – Begin each day on your own terms, like a Rock star!
Yeah, it is hard – not allowing yourself to get swept with the tide… taking initiative at the beginning of every single day. But it is also very important (and critical), because if you want to build something truly awesome and dramatic, it is not going to be built in a day. You need to spend some time visualizing that great thing that will be the purpose of your life.
Yes, I agree that work related e-mail is important. But then, wouldn’t it be great if every morning you could take 15 minutes to brush it aside and figure out how this day will fit in the grand scheme of things! The point is – that urgent e-mail can wait till you get to work. But the awesome project you have been working on will never be urgent for anyone else – except you.
And is this 15 minute “Me” time critical?. Absolutely! Because, life (and this world) is moving ahead very fast, and because proactive, not reactive work is the key to great things..
And also because – “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” !