Lets “cut to the chase” without “beating much around the bush”.
1. S.M.A.R.T. Planning
I do adore people living a spontaneous life, where people go-with-the-flow. I do try to incorporate that every now and then. But in my experience a “proper planning” has always been a winner.
In 2017 I learnt a new type of planning called SMART Planning. It simply asks you to make your goals to fulfill these 5 criteria:
Specific ⇢ Is your goal specific ? Isn’t it too broad ?
Measurable ⇢ Could you measure your goal or its progress atleast ?
Achievable ⇢ Are you capable/working enough to achieve it ?
Realistic ⇢ Is is for real or is it your just another sci-fi fantasy ?
Timely ⇢ BTW by when are you going to accomplish it ?
2. Save some money
Money is a touchy subject. It hits where you really don’t understand. And it hits really hard. So its better to keep or save small amount of money in a regular fashion so that it’s there at your disposal whenever you need it.
Take emergency situations for example. You could ask for loan from your friends and relatives but wouldn’t you need to pay it back ultimately ?Another example would be, when will you buy your much dreamt iPhone X ? Is it just gonna fall from a tree ? No right. So go and save some cash.
3. Time Management
Do not take TIME for granted coz,
Time just slips away and it just does that without asking.
Take proper approaches to manage your time depending upon your lifestyle/work. Its entirely up to you how you manage your time.
4. The “Hotel-Room” Concept
Lets say, you have a hobby/side project to accomplish but you leave for work at 6 in the morning and return home after 6 (in best cases).
You just spent 12 hours of your day at work.
Now you just have 12 hours remaining
Sleep asks 6 hour from you.
You have 6 hours left on your own.
What are you now going to do with your remaining 6 hours ?
Are you going to scroll through FB/IG/TT ? Or are you going to watch another totally random video from internet ? Its really up to you.
What I do when I reach my room is crack a red-bull (totally optional) and sit down with my Macbook and get going with my project that was pending from quite sometime pretending i am in a “Hotel Room”. I don’t give a damn about maintaining around a single piece of thing in my apartment, which is virtually now a Hotel-room.
5. The Five-Minute Maintenance Rule
I cannot continue forever with the Hotel-room-concept. Ultimately there will come a time, when I will have to manage various stuff around in my apartment. Things like brooming carpet, washing dishes, making bed, cleaning dashboards and all other maintenance related work.
Thus, I came up with this 5-minute maintenance rule where I shall be putting in daily effort as little as 5 minutes to manage some part of my apartment, so that by the end of week I don’t have a pile of task on every corner of house.
(Psst… I’ve been living away from my hometown with a roommate in Kathmandu Valley)
6. Pushing yourself to the point-of-no-return
Do you walk beside a swimming pool and wish to swim like your friends in pool ? Or do you watch someone do some cool-stuff and you wish you could do the same ?
But all your life you’ve found yourself wishing instead of doing some sh*t. Then I think its very right time to push yourself to the point-of-no-return.
But what’s Point-of-no-return ?
Well theoretically, its a mind-hack using which you trap or bind yourself to something with moral obligation from which you cannot escape. This method doesn’t work on ‘shameless’ people.
The idea here is to challenge/push yourself in such a way that you’ve two possible outcomes at the end.
First you are likely to succeed after putting in all your hard-work and commitment to achieve the goal.
Second you are going to quit midway through the challenge even after challenging yourself coz, let’s accept it, you are not up for it.
7. A Year is enough
Want the latest iPhone or well toned body or learn how to do a “shirshasana” or be better at communication or gear up your guitar skills or catch up with your crafts you loved as a child ?
Just dedicate some ample amount of your time everyday for a year in a consistent manner to practice one skill you truly want and wait for magic to happen on 366th day. ;)
A little disclaimer here at the end. The things listed here are my learning from 2017. It may/may not be applicable for everyone else. I jotted these down to
- Share my learnings from my perspective and
- Motivate individuals who have long lost their hopes on life and are just crawling through it. (It does include me.)
Need visual cues or examples ? Here you go.
Just watch me explaining them twice in 2 different videos in bit disoriented way with crappy audio and badly lit environment.