I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.
-Henry David Thoreau
The above quote is one of the reasons why I personally like to use quotes as a way of motivating myself. In one sentence Thoreau sums up about 20 years of my life trying to figure out how to squeeze more into my days when I should have been focused on accomplishing more of the important things than just worrying about production and volume.
To be fair to myself, I was close. I have always advocated that what was irrefutable to achieving ones happiness was the skill, ability and the discipline required to achieve one’s personal key priorities on a regular basis. I had the intent, what I did not have was Thoreau’s ability to succinctly wrap it up in a single, beautiful sentence.
So, we all are in agreement that it makes zero sense to try to cram everything into one single day and we are also all in agreement that we can not make more time? So we are left to follow Thoreau’s advice and concentrate on making every day as productive as possible.
What does POP has to say about making each day better?
- Somewhere, some time, even for a few moments, there has to be something that you do each day that lifts your spirit, that makes you smile, that gives you a small moment of respite.
- Put something into your PLLL, or take something out. These procedures ensure that you are looking at what you are planning to do in an organized fashion and giving you the best chance of making each day the best it could possibly be.
- Every day that you are the driver and not the passenger will be a good day.
- Make technology work for you, not the other way around, this means having more times in the day when you are “off the grid “than on it.
- Every day there is THE task; your KEY A Priority. Achieve this task and your day is almost guaranteed to be chalked up as a success. Fail to realize this priority and regardless of what else gets accomplished that day, you will not be a happy camper.
- If you continue to perform the same way you did yesterday today, you are going to get the same results as yesterday. To make today better, did you change how you acted today?
- Never underestimate small gradual incremental changes; these are the kind of long term operational changes that make each day better, leading to weekly, monthly and yearly improvements.
- Bad habits equal bad results. Most of our disappointments can be traced back to a relatively small number of habits we have gotten into that are not giving us the results we want. POP offers new habits that will replace the old habits that are not serving you well.
Better is a relative term.
My hope with POP is to provide you with the tools to improve enrich and elevate your life experience REGARDLESS of where you are in your life in terms of happiness and satisfaction.
The terms empower, enrich and improve your life are not meant to be a comment on who or where you are in your individual life journey. Some people have inadvertently taken those words as me making some sort of personal judgment about YOU!!! On a number of levels that is pretty bizarre, particularly since we have never met.
To be fair, sometimes even I am a bit uncomfortable with what could be construed as me lecturing other people on what they and their lives should consist of. There is a line that separates me appearing to have all of the answers and offering up what I have personally seen over the years as tools, systems ideas that have benefited other people who have used these ways and means to improve their lives.
One Last Thought (for now)
If I was to teach you how to bake an apple pie, after a few tries you would be able to bake an apple pie on demand. If I was to call you up in a month and ask you to bake me an apple pie, you would be able to do it without a problem.
Not so with learning to run our lives as best as we can (the goal of POP).
There are no specific steps that will work for any of us, no recipe for success that works everyday. On top of this, even if there were a recipe for success, the catch is, we would need to be able to control our selves enough on a daily basis to be able to use it.
That’s the rub; it would not be enough to have that secret formula, we would need to be able to everyday make sure we would use it.