Get some perspective is sometimes thrown around like it’s an insult. My favourite bit of writing about perspective comes from Douglas Adams. Trin Tragula’s wife is always telling him to get a sense of perspective, so he extrapolates the entire universe from a fairy cake (which he plugs into one end of his Total Perspective Vortex) and he plugs his wife into the other end, with disastrous results. I’m not talking Total Perspective Vortex here. I’m talking more of a bird’s eye view.
So here’s tip number three:
Here’s tip number three in my series on how to find more time to the stuff you really love. It’s the step that tends to get sacrificed when you’ve just about squeezed in some time to do your thing (time off and sleep, which I covered in steps one and two, also get forgotten). If you want to take your thing – whatever it is – to the next level this step is crucial. By the way, if you’ve missed the first two tips, they’re linked out from here.
3. Plan for some perspective time. The same guidelines apply as for time off. Try to get to half an hour a day, half a morning a week, a whole day per month, and a few days of life planning once a year. This is when you are going to get an overview of the specific project you wish to invest with your time and energy, when you schedule your time and look at your goals, and when you get ready for the next day. Have one notebook dedicated to this perspective time and keep it handy.
A project management tool
Most people don’t do this – especially on their own projects – and it’s actually a really effective project management tool. If you want to find more time to do the stuff you love, schedule some perspective time every once in a while, when you will get a bird’s eye view of your project. You don’t have to analyze it, of course, simply jot a few things down about what’s working and what isn’t, and the things you’ve still got to schedule. This is when you’ll plan what to do next. This is when you’ll do your scheduling and preparation. And whatever you do, don’t go anywhere near a Total Perspective Vortex.
Up next: Tip number 4
To your happiness. x Louise
Top Ten Tips for Increasing Your Productivity
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