Take Control of your Time

A key principle in productivity is that if you don’t take control of your time, someone else will take control of it for you.

Every endeavour in self improvement requires establishing a habit, and a key part of that habit is allocating time to focus on that habit above all else. Considering a regular workout routine, or a habit of reading daily. To get these habits to stick, you first have to be the master of your time, and master is the correct word here. You need to be ruthless, and make sure everyone around you understands it is your time, and it is more valuable. Don’t let them make you feel guilty for it. When its all said done, what are the chances you’ll regret not clocking in more time for someone else? Remember, its an investment in your life, and interestingly, by ruthless in your time, you can come out of it all, more able to help those around you, because you put yourself first.

I find one way to make this stick is to remember the safety advice when you get on a flight:

“Fit your oxygen mask before helping others.”

Look after yourself first, so you can help others later.

How do you get your information?

Do you request it (pull) or is it forced upon you (pushed) through things like TV, mass-media, advertising and other ways you have no control over? Fact is, if you don’t control how you get your information (and can selectively filter it), then chances are it is going to be very biased and altering your behaviour in ways you probably don’t realise.

Such companies are not stupid, in fact they spend millions of dollars learning exactly how to manipulate you and the best way to do it. You can’t beat this (much of it is based on human psychology). So instead, what you need to control is how that information is getting to you. If you are requesting (pulling) information, you have more of a say on what it is and how you get it. However, if like most of the masses, it is pushed upon you (think TV) then you’ve already lost.

If you think this post seems a bit over the top and paranoid, then, surprise, you’ve already lost. If you don’t care, you don’t care. But the question is, do you really not care, or have you simply been programmed to think that you don’t care, when really you do?