Sometimes we become irritated about matters beyond our control. Sometimes we fail to plan well causing us negative consequences we could easily have avoided (for example, we spend time unnecessarily trapped in traffic — though we could have left a half hour earlier and avoided the rush). Sometimes we worry unproductively. Sometimes we spend time regretting what is past (without a time machine, you can not affect what has been – move on!)
The key is that the time is “gone” even though, if we had thought about it and considered our options, we would never have deliberately spent our time in the way we did. So why not take advantage of the time you normally waste by practicing your critical thinking during that otherwise wasted time?
For example, instead of sitting in front of the TV at the end of the day flicking from channel to channel in a vain search for a program worth watching, spend that time, or at least part of it, thinking back over your day and evaluating your strengths and weaknesses. Alternatively, spend this time at the end of the day being grateful for all the amazing things and people in your life.
To be thinking for and use your time more effectively, as yourself:
When did I do my worst thinking today? When did I do my best? What in fact did I think about today? Did I solve anything? Did I allow any negative thinking to frustrate me unnecessarily? If I had to repeat today what would I do differently? Did I do anything today to further my goals? If I spent every day this way for 10 years, would I at the end have accomplished something worthy – a legacy?
In your thinking time ask the three critical questions that you will ask yourself at some point in your life:-
Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?
Keeping a journal is a very useful method of recording your day. This holds a mirror to how you are actually spending your day.
…..what needs to change?