I couple of years ago I decided to stop doing a bunch of things that I considered were non productive. I studied my life, my habits, and I was able to identify these tasks that most of us know are bad or a waste of time, but for some reason, we continue to do.
Society, marketing, friends, everything is against ourselves in a way that without noticing, we just go along, we just do things, and we don’t stop and say: “How is this action or habit helping me achieving my goals?” or even worse: “How is this action or habit PREVENTING me from achieving my goals?”
So, I decided to remove these rocks from the road I considered and defined as the road to my goals. I don’t think these obstacles are special or unique to me, in fact I think they are pretty common and chances are that you should remove them too.
- Stop watching TV. I don’t even have cable! Educational documentaries and weekly movies are permitted, avoid everything else, it’s a waste of time! I only spend 1 hour a week on TV.
- Stop eating junk food. Everybody knows junk food kills you, but they keep eating it. It’s unbelievable.
- Stop eating so much. It is not only eating well, but also with moderation.
- Stop playing video games. That includes smart phones, consoles, and computer
- Stop drinking so much. Just drink for social purposes, small amounts.
- Don’t live on Social Networks. The TV of nowadays is called Facebook my friend. Just like TV is a great tool, and a very bad one as well (depending on how you use it), Facebook and Social Networks can enrich your social interactions and circles, but also detriment them if you don’t use them correctly.
- Stop being lazy: Come on!! Stand up, do what you know that needs to be done. Stop procrastinating. The only way to stop procrastinating is STOPING. Just do it, period. There is no guide, no book, nothing. Just fu***** do it!
What habits did I incorporate or still trying to at least?
- Read, read, and read. Incorporate the habit of reading; it is good for you and for your mind. Get that TV out of your bedroom, and put a nice book on your nightstand.
- Workout, exercise, and get fit! Are you young? It doesn’t matter, just because today you don’t see those effects of being sedentary, you will soon.
- Practice awareness: Look around you, see all you have, bad and good, focus on the good stuff, express gratitude, then focus on the bad stuff, and design a plan to improve it and change it. But, most important, be aware, be present, stop the rush, stop the crazy life we are all into, and look around you.
- Learn something useful: I like languages, travel, Internet and entrepreneurship. I spend a lot of time learning about these and participating in activities to learn them. What are yours?
Why did I decide to do this? I guess because I was afraid. I was afraid when I realized that life passes so fast, when I realized that life is so short and fragile, that I just didn’t want to spend it like a zombie doing what everybody does.
I keep doing this all the time, trying to optimize my life, improving my skills, and getting rid of those rocks in my road. I’m not perfect, it is just an ever going process, and it feels wonderful, a lot better than just becoming a couch potato watching Two and a Half men.
Think about it, do what must be done, today, so tomorrow you can have what you want.