When I first moved abroad, I wrote letters to my friends. I often had to wait for a reply for two weeks, and by then, I had moved on from what my initial letter had been about. It’s so much nicer to send an email or FB message and have my answer within hours, sometimes minutes.
If I want to read a book, I can order and download it to my Kindle immediately. It’s great, but this culture of “instant everything” also has its downsides.
Your mission today is to find the right balance between instant and long-term in your life.
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Task 1: Read your “instantometer”
Okay, I made that word up! But it’s important to know where you stand before you can make changes.
Questions to ask yourself:
- When was the last time you took on a project that took longer than a few weeks or months to complete?
- On average, how much time do you spend per week on Quadrant II activities according to Stephen Covey (things that are important, but not urgent, such as health or relationships)?
This will help you identify how much your life has been taken over by “instant everything”. It’ll also show you where you can start making changes.
Task 2: Make room for long-term
Stephen Covey says about Quadrant II that it’s the easiest to skip, because it’s not urgent. But if you neglect it for long enough, it’ll come back to bite you (your health, once ruined, will take a lot of time and money to fix; broken relationships can cause a lot of suffering, etc).
I suggest you take two steps:
- Schedule in time for self care, relationships, exercise etc.
- Start at least one thing that’ll take you a long time to learn or complete. A lot of passions lend themselves to this (such as learning a language, or playing an instrument, or a sport).