To know how to stop wasting time, you first need to know a little bit about anxiety.
Anxiety thrives in a world of uncertainty. It loves when you don’t take action. Lack of action gives anxiety space to grow. Because action–and it doesn’t even really matter what kind of action–pummels anxiety and sends it back to the dark hole in which it belongs.
But how do you take action? Isn’t that the stupid time-wasting issue in the first place?
With one clear decision.
It sounds too simple to work, but simple does not mean ineffective. One clear decision is all it takes to get out of a mental rut and start getting your time back.
The problem is that when you don’t feel like you have time in the first place, it can be extremely difficult to carve out five to ten minutes to make one clear decision.
Think about this.
Any major goal that you accomplished started with a decision. You don’t randomly stumble into a bachelor’s or master’s degree. You don’t fall upon a great job opportunity and just happen to get.
For anything worth doing, you must first make a clear decision to do it.
Apply this wisdom to your life today. Think about all the things that you have been putting off. Think about all the activities that have been taking your time away from what you truly want to do.
Don’t know what you want to do? Start there. Take five minutes today to simply sit still and think. When was the last time you carved out time to think? This is not a waste of time because clearing your head to think will most likely refine your thinking and help you act more strategically in the future.
Once you’ve carved out the time, the rest should come naturally. Deep down in your being, you know what you want to do. Your body knows what you love. Give it space to conjure up the answers that you already have. Answers deep from your being have a way of sticking around.
Because it’s what it takes–clear thinking leading to clear answers.
Because once you have the answers, you have a path forward.
Lewis Carroll said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”