You Are, Or Will Become What You Do

How do you spend your time during your limited 24 hour day?

Do you plan for it?

Do you know in advance what you will be doing for the next day?

What do you do the most frequently?

Here are my own personal answers:

This is how I spend my days this month:

 Pasted from my Google Keep notes

Pasted from my Google Keep notes

As you can see, it’s quite detailed. Below is an example of how I plan for the next day:

 Pasted from my Google Keep notes. Sorry for the Spanish, but I’m learning it, so I’m writing it!

Pasted from my Google Keep notes. Sorry for the Spanish, but I’m learning it, so I’m writing it!

What I do the most: Work on Soul Reaper.

How To Do More

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” –Charles Dickens

If you analyze my daily schedule and my day planning, you should have a good idea of what kind of person I am, or will become.

If you know my story, you know I learn 3 new skills every month. For this month, I’m learning:

  • Podcasting (see 6:30am: Read Story)
  • Social Media Marketing (see 8:00am)
  • Norwegian Language (see 7:30am Duolingo)
  • Bonus: Journaling (see 7:00am)

Last month, one of my skills was writing. I wanted to become a better writer. I had no real experience prior to January 1st.

Well, by writing every day, I actually did become a writer. I write for The Startup and The Ascent, and became a top writer on Medium in: Inspiration, Life, Life Lessons, Self Improvement, Entrepreneurship and Startup. I love writing now and some people know me as a writer.

Another one of the skills I practiced a few months back was photography. I started from zero. I studied all the terms, how to take good photos, etc. I analyzed professionals. Shortly after I was asked to take photos for Sundarafund.org in Uganda, and now I’m doing it semi-professionally.

Not all skills turn into gold, but if I didn’t do them, I would not have become a writer or a photographer. I never thought I’d ever be good at them. Photography and Writing are creative things. I’m a software engineer by trade.

You can always do more than you think. You’ve got the time. Plan for it. Do a detailed schedule and stick to it. You’ll waste less time and be more productive doing things that bring you closer to what you want to be.

Conclusion

Most of us want to be more than what we currently are. Yet we do nothing to make it happen.

Try the 3 skills approach. Dare try things out of your comfort zone. You’ll notice you’re better than you think you are.

Plan your days, at least one day in advance. Be precise with time. Execute consistently.

Before you know it, you’ll have become the things you have been doing.

You can do this!

First published here: https://medium.com/swlh/you-are-or-will-become-what-you-do-e56878c6ab5d