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My TV experience. Can it get better?

I very seldom sit down at the TV anymore without knowing exactly what I´m going watch. I have to admit though, it´s not easy. For so many years I have done the same thing over and over. I picked up the remote flicked through the channels hoping to find something that would, momentarily, entertain me. If I didn’t find something worth watching I settled for the next best program.

Somebody once said (I can´t remember who): I find the television to be very educational; every time it´s turned on I go to the other room to read a book.  This is something that I have to get much better at. Yes, it´s great to plan my TV experience but if there´s nothing worth watching why should I settle for something less? It ´s then much better to reconsider and sit down and read or focus your time on something else that you can put value in.

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Solution: Make a written schedule-Boost effectiveness

By Stuart

I had found the answer!

For me to get back on track and feel satisfied again I needed to get back in the driver seat, start with shifting up a gear and start to control my reality.

The answer was, for me, to make a schedule. I first started to make the schedule in my head: “Ok, so when I get home from work Im going to excerise for 30 min and then Im going to read a book for 1 hour and then….” Well, it didnt work as good as I had hoped for. I really couldnt stick to it. Things got in the way, the phone rang. So, I went on the internet and read some interesting things about goal setting etc. Then it hit me, for this to work I have to write it down. I have to write it down in detail, in advance, and fallow it like a school boy.

So, i went on the computer and fixed a neat schedule in word and printed it out. I wrote down when I was going to start something and when I was goin finish it. I ended with: “I hereby promise to fallow this schedule” and signed my name. It felt impowering. I had at that point legally bound myself to keep to the contract and it felt great!:)

One days schedule looks something like this:

5.30 pm-     Make dinner with my wife

6.30 pm –    Study Portuguese

7.40 pm –    5 K running while listening to Chinese/Mandarin language learning

8.15 pm –    Read John Grisham

9.15 pm –    Watch a movie with my wife

11.00 pm – Go to bed-lights out!

If there is somehow a need to change plans I reschedule it! NO SKIPPING.

(I schedule one week at a time and keep it down to earth and realistic.)

Guess if my free-time productivity sky rocketed!

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Why a map is important-Know your A to B

We’re all pilgrims on the same journey – but some pilgrims have better road maps.
Nelson DeMille

The best memories I have from when I was a little kid was all the trips we took with the family. My dad Lars was the “captain of the ship” and he made sure we understood, before “leaving the shore”, where we were headed and how long it  would take to get there.

He, like the true captain he his, spread the map across the kitchen table and said: “Ok kids, where are we?” Me and my brother raised to put our fingers on the right spot on the map. We didn’t always get it right but at least we were enthusiastic about it. “Ok great, and were are we going?” This was a little bit trickier but we made our best guess and pointed proudly on a spot on the map. “yes, almost but we are going here” our father said as he gently pulled one of our fingers to the right place on the map.

He further told us how long it would take to get there. He also pointed out approximately were we would make stops to eat our lunch etc. So, when our journey started we knew fairly well how long it would take, when we could eat our lunch and take a bathroom break. Of course, bathroom breaks were always more frequent then infrequent, but hey, we were kids with a deep love for juice:)

Yes, I think you know were I’m going with this. Just like my dad planned our journeys when I was a kid showing us the map before driving towards our destination, it can be a great help for us to look at the map before each day and see were we are going. Yes, the work day is usually already planned out as 9-5 so there is little we can do about that but how are we planning our free time? Do we have a map for the hours from 5-11?

Let us discover how we can optimize these hours!

This and more in tomorrows post. For now, start thinking around the concept of having a map. See what comes to mind and smile!

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