Today's post is an update of a post I made almost exactly a year ago. It still applies, so I thought I'd share it again. I like to take time at the end of each year to reflect upon things, in hopes of improving for the next year. Although I was able to improve last year, I feel that I still failed in one category this year...
FOCUS Once again, in 2021 my biggest mistake was spending too much time-consuming the news. 5 / 512 Of course, it is important to stay up to date on the pandemic, especially with local news. But I feel that I could have limited my consumption more than I did. As I tuned in for updates on the dire situation, especially in the U.S., I ended up spending many hours and days watching the soap opera that is American politics. We've been watching it on TV, reading web pages, posts, comments, and, well, you get the idea. It was consuming me. And I am not alone. Then one day I read a PDF I read about productivity. It made me see clearly that I had very little control over the outcome of almost everything I was spending my time on. Even Covid-19. All I could do was limit my exposure to others. But when it came to the hours of news I was consuming, almost all of that time was being completely wasted.
Staying Informed is a Slippery Slope
Staying Informed is a Slippery Slope Sure, it's important to stay informed and knowledgeable about current events, but it is easy to get carried away. It truly is a slippery slope that can have you wasting far more time than imaginable. When it comes right down to it, the only way for the average person to maintain sanity in this news-by-the-second environment is to limit exposure. Particularly with political news. When it comes to politics these days, you have to understand that changing other people's minds, especially online, is nearly impossible. Have an opinion. And vote. That's all you can do on that front.
Converting Wasted Time To Creative Time
Converting Wasted Time To Creative Time When I reflect each year on how I spend my time, it helps me redouble my efforts. A hard look at myself and my habits lets me cut the nonsense almost completely out of my schedule, and move on from my mistakes. That allows me to use all that recovered time more creatively. It lets me create new books, increase my income, and most importantly, help more people. I was able to do a few new product launches, Fast Money Methods and Passive Money 6 / 512 Methods, plus a couple of products I bought the rights to on Making money with Canva and a great Zoom training product. I also have two more launches set up for January and March of 2021. Stuff that will help my subscribers gain more free time and free money.
What About You?
? Let me ask you this... will you take a closer look at what you're doing day in and day out? Consider not only your habits but your mindset. It could be an eye-opener, or even a life-changer as it was for me. It's OK if you find mistakes (past or present!) that are holding you back from reaching new levels in your life. That's the idea of this -- take a step back and look at yourself objectively. If you think it's even remotely possible there's room for improvement, here's something to help you see mistakes for what they are... 7 / 512 It's an ebook that explains why mistakes are necessary for growth, and how to use them to improve your life to levels you may never have thought possible. (Just click on that cover to access it for free.) I didn't write it. I loved it so much I bought it as part of this Growth Mindset package with PLR rights so I could give it away to my subscribers. It's my gift to you for 2022. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Jim Daniels, P.S. If you are ready to get down to business in 2022, why not let me build you a blog -- a new resource to help you share your knowledge with the world and grow a new income stream.