There are two types of people in the world: those whose plans have plans (and sub-plans)…and those who seem to get ourselves in a particularly big pickle when we throw around our time, energy, and money as if they are perpetually renewable resources.
At different seasons of our lives, we may have more or less of each of these categories, or place a higher premium on one over another. For example, for a period of my life, I had less time and more money, so it made sense for me to pay for services that gave me time back in my day, like landscaping or cleaning my home. It also always seems as if there is one of these that never has a surplus because we are really good about spending more than we have in that category. For me, that has always been energy. I have a knack for spending energy in ways that don’t suit me because I think that I “should” or I made a commitment. For the first time in my life this year, I have repeatedly slashed my To-Do lists and time commitments by cutting anything that wasn’t a “Hell Yes.” It’s not to say that things don’t slip back in or preferences don’t change, so this process is repeated frequently.
I know, you may be thinking that some of us don’t always have a choice and have to do things we don’t want to do. Yes, of course. But I would contest your thinking on this and invite you to view it from the lens that nearly everything is a choice. Sometimes they are hard ones but they are, in fact, choices. And when you recognize that the crap you don’t want to do is in fact a choice you are consciously making to do anyways, it doesn’t seem like such martyrdom anymore.
I am issuing a challenge for you starting NOW. Find ways to make conscious decisions about how you will spend your time, energy and money. This may mean planning and budgeting, or perhaps even just pausing to make a conscious decision before automatically committing yes to anything in the moment. If you reserved two hours for doing this mental cleanup, what would be the payoff be? Energy and joy? I am willing to bet, yes and more…it will be WORTH IT.
If you need some help getting started cleaning up how you spend your time, energy, and money through the end of the year, here are some ideas:
The permission to take control of how you spend your time, energy, and money might be the best gift you’ve given yourself for a long time.
About the author:
Katie Rasoul is the Chief Awesome Officer for Team Awesome, a leadership coaching and culture consulting firm. Find out more by visiting www.teamawesomecoaching.com or join the Team Awesome Community for awesomeness coming straight to your inbox. Follow Team Awesome on Facebook and Twitter.
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