A question I have frequently asked myself for decades is “What is the best use of my time?” It has served me well and has made me more productive and more successful.
At this point in my life (semi-retired), however, I’m not sure that is the best question anymore. Or at least not the best question to ask if I use it solely to determine how to be more productive. I think a better question might be “What do I want to do most with my time?”
My husband has been retired for a couple of years now. The grandkids bought him a sign for the basement: “Retired. Don’t want to. Don’t need to. Can’t make me!” It’s humorous. The more I think about it, the more I realize there is wisdom in it as well. If I don’t want to do something, and I don’t need to do it, the only person that is making me do it is me. Why? Why am I making myself do something that I don’t want and don’t need to do?
I think this year I will try to eliminate more of the things that I do out of habit or a false sense of necessity and focus more on the things that I truly want to do.
How about you? Can you let go of things that you don’t need to do and don’t even want to do to free up time for the things that matter most?