Every single day, we wake up to a new array of endless options. So many choices. Some could turn into incredible opportunities. Some could shatter the success you’ve walked towards. Some would have little to no effect on your overall happiness.
Life feels complicated for this single reason. We have too many choices and end up wasting time over and over, looking for the better potential result.
Have you ever heard of someone who never made a single bad choice in his life? If you have, I’d like to know more about that person.
The reality of things is that the world is composed of so many potential actions and results we cannot ever hope to make the best choice.
This could be interpreted as a piece of bad news, but what it really means is no matter the decision we make, new ones will come, thus rendering the impact of each minimal.
What you’ll wear today will not impact your life much. What you write tomorrow will not change the world. What you read tonight will not be the best book of all time. Who you meet this weekend will not include the best people in the world.
Each action only has a minuscule impact but the choices will keep appearing again and again. This is a waste of your precious time. The only truly limited resource in your life.
And so it all comes down to one single question.
What is important to your life?
Finding what you want is not easy. It’s pretty much like looking for a needle in a haystack. The probability you’ll find it is tiny but it keeps on increasing as you spend time on it.
The pile may be huge but as you slowly take away bits of it, again and again, you’ll start getting closer to the needle before you finally find it and can rejoice in the hard work you’ve done.
That hay represents your daily choices. You’ll have to go through those to find what matters to you, but it still slows you down.
Now, what if you have a quite strong magnet?
Finding that needle would suddenly become much easier. You could separate the haystack into smaller piles and just see from which pile the needle pops out. When you think about it, it makes looking a the whole pile slowly quite wasteful, doesn’t it?
Finding your true goal is similar. You need to find a way to get rid of as many daily choices as possible.
To do this, you will need to find all those choices and find solutions to those.
- Your wardrobe? Set a schedule of clothes per week with one or 2 extras for sudden weather changes and there you go.
- Set your meals as much as possible. If you can, prepare the vast majority during the weekend so the time cooking is bundled.
- Organize your schedule so you forget about organizing anything during the week. Either something was planned or it wasn’t. Get rid of the “Maybe”.
If you don’t find a better solution on your own, understand you’re not alone. Many people have diminished their amount of daily choices so you will always find a solution online to give a go.
All this will allow you to save time and mental energy on pointless actions so you can focus on what truly matters: You and your life goals.
Start your list now and you’ll start saving time and enjoying life before the new year even comes around.