Always Something To Do
Yesterday evening, was an unproductive, unusual day for me.
It was a perfectly normal day for the old me.
See, the old me was a lazy, unproductive guy. He spent all his time lounging around and killing time. He never got stuff done.
He hated his life. He was paralyzed by inaction, escapism and indecision.
I got rid of him. He made a temporary reappearance yesterday.
He’s left again.
The new me is ambitious, motivated, hard working and disciplined. Im still not perfect. I have a limited amount of energy.
No human being is perfect.
I was reminded of that fact yesterday.
I slipped up and wasted almost an entire day. I played video games, skipped breakfast and lunch and browsed the internet for several hours.
This is something I don’t ever do anymore.
I hold myself to a high standard, and so should you.
1st) I don’t have a bunch of “free time.” (I prioritize and delegate my time instead of wasting it.)
2nd) I’ve mentally conditioned myself to feel guilty when I am not being productive.
But everyone slips up sooner at later. Nobodies perfect.
I pulled up my schedule on my phone. I had to work tomorrow at 6:45 AM. I thought I was off.
Finally at 11:45 at night, disgusted with myself I went to the bathroom.
I took a good, HARD look at myself in the mirror.
I hadn’t shaved in two days. My hair was messy. My eyes were bloodshot.
All of the sudden, my internal voice spoke.
“There Is Always Something To Work On.”
The force of those words spoke to me on a deep level and snapped me out of my procrastination induced trance.
I went back to the laptop in my living room.
I immediatedly uninstalled the game I had been playing and deleted the game and save.
The save I just spent 6 hours playing. 6 hours I’d never get back.
I slammed the work laptop shut.
I looked at my work schedule tomorrow.
I was scheduled to work at 6:45 AM the next day. I was looking at an hour drive, minimum.
I was fatigued and dehydrated. I drank a bottle of water. I had to move fast. I was looking at 4 or 5 hours of sleep. Max.
I decided I had to be up at 5:00 AM sharp. I had to be ready to go in case there were any accidents on the way.
1)Take it Hard on Yourself, Not Easy
Taking it easy is normal. The average person takes it easy on a daily basis.
Instead of using their time efficiently, they waste it. They constantly procrastinate, waste valuable time, and use their energy on pointless distractions.
That’s why they end up with a mediocre, subpar life. What else would you expect?
Stop taking it easy on yourself.
START TAKING IT HARD ON YOURSELF.
You’ll have an eternity to take it easy. Once your dead, you’ll have nothing but time.
Start forcing yourself to do more, learn more, be more.
Stop allowing yourself to waste your valuable time.
Start developing a healthy respect for yourself.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t rest or socialize – we all need outlets.
What I am saying is you need to find the right balance.
Once you find and establish that balance, set aside time for it.
Time that keeps you emotionally and mentally balanced is a good thing.
It only becomes an issue when you over do it, or waste time on meaningless avenues that don’t give you real pleasure.
Which brings me to my next point.
2)Screens Are No Substitute For Socializing
TV, Video Games, Smart Phones and Youtube are no substitute for real life, in person interactions.
No matter how well they manage to distract us.
I didn’t realize this until my late 20’s. It took meeting, cultivating and maintaining a good friendship with some good bro’s to realize what I was missing out on.
Human beings are social animals. We all have an inbuilt desire to socialize and have people in our lives.
People we care about and regularly enjoy time with.
Without that regular, healthy human contact, it is hard to stay emotionally and mentally healthy.
You can eat a whole cake and a 2 liter pepsi bottle and get your daily calorie intake.
That doesn’t change the fact your diet is nutritionally deficient.
Likewise, you can waste 4 to 8 hours of time on screen entertainment, and have nothing to show for it.
4 hours have passed, and you are no more emotionally fulfilled then you were before you started.
Keep non productive screen time to a minimum. An hour with one of my bro’s or a girl > A day of mindless entertainment.
Your emotions serve as an important thermometer. No matter how pointless you think socializing is, make sure to hang out with people.
You’ll be much more productive when you regularly socialize with people.
Get out there, call a friend, go to a coffee shop, take a walk in the city.
I’ve made the mistake of thinking that socializing or going out to a cafe or to the city is a waste of time.
The truth is, it’s not. It’s chicken soup for the soul. You aren’t a robot.
You’ve got to have some novelty, healthy human contact and exploration.
You’ve got to remember why
3)What Ended up Happening
So what did I end up doing. Did I call out so I could sleep until 11 AM and waste more time?
Did I get down on myself and feel sorry for slipping up and wasting a day?
No. I’ve been working 6 days a week for a while now. Slipping up is part of being human.
I took a quick shower, got dressed in my work clothes and set my phone alarm for 5 AM
Then I set 2 other physical alarms as insurance.
I took my ZMA capsules, had some hot cocoa, prepped some healthy chicken burgers and went to sleep.
I wook up the next morning at 5:20 AM and got to work 5 minutes early, with energy to spare.
You’ve got to self correct and get back on track.
Like autopilot on an airplane. You make small corrections so you can get to the destination you choose.
The alternative – coasting by in life leads to you getting to a random destination.
Casualness leads to Casualties. – Jim Rohn
4)There is Always Something to Work On
It’s funny how a single thought was enough to get me back on track. By being lazy and wasting time procrastinating, I had ignored an obvious truth.
If you want to get ahead in life, there is always something to work on.
I have big dreams, and big goals.
They aren’t going to accomplish themselves.
I’ve got to to forge them into existence.
One second at a time.
Life isn’t going to wait, and neither is your competition.
When I’m not working on my goals, I am working on becoming the best version of myself.
To attract attracive people, you must be attractive – Jim Rohn.
That means taking care of myself. I workout consistently, maintain good self-care and constantly level up in life.
That means learning new skills, reading books, listening to audio, educating myself.
Mastering new skills. Having a skincare and teeth whitening routine.
Even if you aren’t at work, their is always something you could be doing.
Something to become more valuable, more attractive.
Stronger. Better. Wiser.
More then you currently are.
It’s crazy to think that this whole post started with a thought that popped into my head.
Remember. It’s okay to slip up. Just don’t stay down.
Remember these four words:
Always Something to Do.
Internalize it. Live it, and get ON with it.
Be a human doing, not a human being.
You can always find ways and things to get ahead, instead of fall behind or stay stuck.
Let that simple fact motivate you to action.