Monthly Archives: April 2013

What Are You Building With Your Actions?

26 April 2013, by A. Cedilla

Why do you do the things you do?

You have your own particular interests, goals and desires. You believe that what you’re doing with what you have right now is the best option you have to get you most of what you need, and at least some of what you want.

What makes you do you do the things you do in a particular way?

Your personal history, character and experiences: each of us have our own preferences, dislikes, abilities and priorities, which affect how we carry on with our lives. Energy levels and moods can influence us as well.

When you take the time to think about it, what are you actually building with your chosen actions?

A safety net, a solid foundation, a launch-pad towards a better future…or maybe something to do to get by until a better option comes along? All those things are different ways to describe you growing your life, really.

 

Life isn’t never as neat and easy as 1-2-3 or A-B-C. We do stuff, and stuff also happens. X, P, Q and T get thrown in unexpectedly. Someone throws in (x-y)3 over (y+r) and screws up the nicely plotted equation for yourself that meant X years at Y job equals OK, or Z months doing PX90 equals YOWZA.

Aside from that, you juggle a lot of plates, all depending on the roles you occupy in your life. Dad, student, CEO, teacher, aunt, cousin, friend, mentor, leader…

Simply put, we do things our own way for our own reasons. The commonality though, is that we all do things to gain or build something: A sense of security. An emergency fund. Feelings of victory, meaning and accomplishment. Financial ease and freedom. You work to improve your skills and better your circumstances. A lot of times it’s to explore your passions. These actions layer on one another much like different colors in a painting, or the myriad pieces that complete a mosaic. Take a few steps back and get a good look: Are you okay with the bigger picture?
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How Do You Track Your Progress?

12 April 2013, by A. Cedilla

Do you have the appropriate apps on your smartphone? Maybe you got one of those little doohickeys that track your steps, or signed up for a service that sends you reminders throughout the day. Perhaps you do it old-school, with pen, paper and a big wall-calendar, those of the month-at-a-glance types.

Whatever method you use, it’s obvious then that you have a system in place to help keep you on your toes and (mostly) in charge of your days. You’re a busy person, with things that need to be done and goals to meet, and you do what’s needful to see that happen.

Tracking progress has the following side-effects:

  • It makes you pay attention – Time-tracking software and browser extensions came into being for a reason. We are usually poor guesstimators when it comes to determining our productivity, and the real-time monitoring these things do help give us an accurate picture of where and when we spend the bulk of our time when we say we’re working. The shock may be enough to get you to work on yourself
  • It keeps you motivated to do one better – You can’t improve what you don’t measure.
  • It engenders a feeling of satisfaction at the progress you’re making – Admit it. There’s a sneaking glee in earning a gold star and rewarding yourself. Not to mention you’re getting to know you’re capable of getting better.

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How Do You Look At Your Time?

05 April 2013, by A. Cedilla

Anyone with any experience at all in project management and calendar-fu knows the importance of having short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals. That’s how you get things done. By breaking things down into their smallest action units, you make the work-load lighter, especially when it’s spread out over time. It also greatly simplifies your thinking process when you see your action items, time-line and priorities laid out in black and white.

But have you every really though about how you look at your time, and not just the way you use it? How long is your short-term? What about your mid-term? What does long-term mean for you?

The issue here is perspective — time perspective. That’s how far you project into the future when you decide what you are going to do or not do today. As you think, so you act –and move–in time.

  • If you think you have all the time in the world to do something, you can bet you’d take your sweet time doing it.
  • If you believe you only have this much time to finish something before the opportunity to use it is gone forever, you’d act a lot differently.

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