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Have you ever gotten that one piece of advice that just resonates with you, which then becomes something that changes your life? This happened to me a couple of years ago, and so many things in my life have now been filtered through this one a-ha realization. Because it has changed my life in such a monumental way, I am excited to share it with you.
Are you ready to hear what this one life-changing, profound, timeless piece of wisdom is?
Here it is: Since you can’t do it all, every single thing you do needs to be something that give you the most bang for your buck.
Before you just gloss over that, let me explain myself just a bit because this really could change your life like it has mine.
Every day, the things we can do with that day are limitless. Of course we have work, responsibilities, and commitments, but there are minutes and hours surrounding these things that are ours for the taking. We decide how to spend them.
I have heard some speak of this idea using the words “return on investment,” and really, in everything we do, we are investing of ourselves. We invest our time, we invest our resources, and we invest our hearts (or we choose not to invest our hearts).
So, how does examining what gives us the most bang for our buck change the way we live our lives? The answer is, that it changes everything.
- It changes our relationships. What gives you the most return on investment with your family or your friends? Is it watching a movie, playing a game, going to the playground, reading a book, having a conversation, meeting at a coffee shop or something different?
- It changes the work we do in our jobs. What makes the most sense to do with your work? How can you be most efficient in your work? When is the best time to read and respond to emails or to make phone calls? If you have flexibility in your hours, does it make more sense to get to work early and then get home early or does going in later and getting home later give you the most bang for your buck in your day?
- It changes the way we plan our day. Are you a morning person or a night owl? When are you most efficient and productive? Examine your natural tendencies and capitalize on them. If you are a morning person, make the most of your morning – get up earlier. The opposite would be true if you are a night person.
- It changes the things we do for hobbies. Are there interests you could pursue that benefit you in another way? What about learning to golf if your husband is a golfer? What about taking a cooking class with your teen? How about inviting a friend along for your monthly pedicure? Is there a hobby that could enrich your work life somehow?
- It changes what we do with our precious free time. Does checking your email find you “accidentally” working? Does surfing on Facebook waste an hour in a mere moment? Determine how you can best spend your free time, and then pursue those things – and those things only.
Rooting the choices we make and the things we do through the lens of what gives us the biggest return on our investment is intentional living at its best.
This little piece of advice is what set me off on my journey to live more intentionally. I realized how easy it is to mindlessly waste our time, our resources, and our relationships with loved ones simply by not paying attention to how much or how little these choices enrich our lives.
Spend some time really internalizing what brings value to your life. What gives you the most bang for your buck in situations as they arise, and then make intentional choices with that in mind.
We all get the same 24 hours in a day and have people, responsibilities, and obligations to tend to, but we don’t have to let life happen to us. We can make choices that affect these things in the best way possible.