How should we choose to spend our daily 24 hours ...
If our brain only has enough capacity to process X amount of information, X many conversations, X many visuals - how do we decide? What takes precedence over others?
‘According to researchers, the main effect of information overload is that the human attention to focus is continually hampered and interrupted all too often, which does not help in the process of reflection and deeper thinking.
American psychiatrist Edward Hallowell: “Never in human history have our brains had to work so much information as today. We have now a generation of people who spend many hours in front of a computer monitor or a cell phone and who are so busy processing the information received from all directions, they lose the ability to think and feel. Most of this information is superficial.’
In short ... we are sacrificing depth and feeling ... ostracizing ourselves from other people.
So let’s talk time management 101 for all aspects of life ... not just work:
Should a catch up with our family/husband/wife come before time on social media?
Should an hour working out come before an hour watching TV?
Should a book on self-awareness or inspiration come before one of fiction.
I can’t tell you what your balance is, but I do know that mine seems to fluctuate on the daily. A good old fashioned movie night and couch cuddle is often just what I needed, even though writing an article or catching up on work emails was high up on my to-do list.
That said, I may not always make the right call, and that’s ok too. So long as I’m aware that I’m the one calling the shots and if I wasn’t 100% happy with my last decision, I can choose differently next time. There is absolutely no use berating ourself for a decision made in the past - just learn from it and adjust for the future.
This concept of time management truly comes down to goals and priorities. If your #1 goal is to be the best version of yourself, inside and out, prioritize it. And more and more you’ll find yourself choosing option one (or something along those lines) in all of the above hypothetical scenarios.
Let’s make time for what is truly going to help us achieve the most happy, healthy, balanced, successful life and self, possible.
Love + Joy,