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This One Simple Counterintuitive Practice Will Make You More Successful At Work (And In Life)

This One Simple Counterintuitive Practice Will Make You More Successful At Work (And In Life)

Do you know the names of your eight great grandparents? Do you know any of their stories? How did their decisions impact your life?

We all know moments become days, then weeks, then months, then years. Short-term often becomes long-term. And sadly, someday too often becomes never. 

What story are you creating with your moments? Will your actions matter 50, 10, or even 5 years from now? If you could create any story for yourself, what would it be? 

“There is no wrong time to do the right thing.”

Charles M. Blow

To create our story, we need to take control of our moments. We need to get the right things done.

It’s counter-intuitive, but getting the right things done requires slack in our schedule.

Take a moment to think about each of these scenarios:

  • What happens on the expressway when it fills bumper-to-bumper with cars?
  • What happens to a computer (or smartphone) when it runs out of free space?
  • What happens to your brain when it receives constant input?

The answer is the same in each scenario: slowness. This is because systems require free space to do their work. Without free space, they get clogged. Things go wrong. Badness ensues.

Supplying your brain with free space throughout the day makes it work better. It enables you to spot the right path, avoid costly mistakes, and pivot when things don’t go perfectly (and they very rarely go perfectly.)

In the end, the decisions we make in each moment create our story. Isn’t it worth taking a moment to ensure it’s a good one?

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”

Lao Tzu

Wondering how to build free space into your day? This article from Entrepreneur shares 9 ways successful entrepreneurs manage their time, and this one from RescueTime describes what happened to Brad Frost when he scheduled every minute of his day.

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