Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Where do the days go?

More and more I find myself asking "Where do the days go?" I keep telling myself "Tomorrow is the day I get in good routine and start being more productive." This usually doesn't go well. I need to start living more in the present.

We all get the same number of hours in each day. No one gets 23 or 25 hours. We all get 24 hours in each day. We choose what we do with these hours. Part of my former job as an industrial engineer was to figure out which processes were "value added" and which were "non-value added". I think a lot of my (our) days are filled with non-value added time (NVA). I hate feeling rushed and I hate feeling busy. People who pride themselves on being busy are not people you should look up to. At this point in my life, I should know what I'm capable of accomplishing. I need to be happy with what I'm accomplishing each day.

I'm categorizing this post as minimalism because I want to go through each day feeling like I accomplished enough. I don't want to feel like I need to do more (outside of what I actually need to do). I don't need to spread myself thin, and I need to put quality and intentional time into the things that I want and need to do.

I don't want to be like Luke Skywalker, stuck on Tatooine, always looking towards the future. I need to work on appreciating moments of each day, such as when I see a dog or eat a slice of pizza. I need to find value in conversations with people, and walk away from conversations that do more harm than good. I need to spend more time with my friends and family too.

Signed,

Mitch

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