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The truth is, most of us have a pretty adversarial relationship to time. There's never enough. We're always behind. It goes by too fast. We can't do important things because we don't have enough time. None of it is helpful. Most of it is bullshit. Let's take the first one: there's never enough time.

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Time is Limited Yet Abundant

Most of us conflict with time. Time is a paradox and is both limited and abundant at the same time. We can do great things with time, provided we know how to use this invisible resource.

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Use Time Intentionally

Once we realize that every moment is a gift, we will not waste it but use it intentionally, for something important and meaningful.

It is important that we set some clear priorities and create space for them. 

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Contemplating Death

This exercise makes us value our limited time and sheds away the unnecessary activities from our day. 

We start living a vivid life, and slow down, becoming fully present in the moment, savoring time like a limited edition treat before it vanishes.

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The Auto-Pilot Mode

Getting in an auto-pilot mode with your daily life makes everything move fast, and life becomes too much of a routine. We think we are busy and don't have time but that's not true. We do have the time if the work is our priority, provided we know what is important to do.

Most of our time is spent doing what we have decided to spend it on, so we have to choose our priorities wisely.

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Zero days

It's when you fill your time doing things, and things which aren’t inherently bad (such as cleaning your place), but those crucial couple to-do’s you had, like writing your novel and researchi...

How To Avoid Zero Days

On a daily basis, do something, no matter how small, which has you walking toward your vision of life. In other words, your goals. 

Reasons for Zero Days

You fail to decide what you want out of life, and in turn you fail to define your goals.

If you don’t know what you want, how can you do something every day which propels you in the right direction? 

We Lack Commitment

No matter what we tell ourselves, we are not committed fully towards most things. We tend to be different people, committing to change our diet, exercise or start on a certain goal, only to become ...

Effects of Being Uncommitted

Some effects of not being committed:

  • We lose trust in ourselves and create a negative self-image.
  • We tend to shrink and hide in our comfort zones.
  • We lose the trust of our friends and family.
  • We see that people don't trust us and feel guilty.

Start Being Committed

Ignite your committed self:

  • Observe and realize that your commitment levels need to be corrected.
  • Check your true desire to commit, if it feels right, and if you have space and energy to uphold and sustain the commitment.
  • See if you can bet something substantial to uphold this commitment.
  • Take action and create a winning environment around you.
  • Start with a relatively small commitment.
  • Do whatever it takes to never break a promise to yourself again.

Dropping “Hints”

It shows that you two are not comfortable communicating openly and clearly with one another. 

State your feelings and desires openly. And make it clear that the other person is not ne...

Holding the Relationship Hostage

For example, if someone feels like you’ve been cold to them, instead of saying, “I feel like you’re being cold sometimes,” they will say, “I can’t date someone who is cold to me." 

It’s crucial for both people in a relationship to know that negative thoughts and feelings can be communicated safely to one another without it threatening the relationship itself. 

Blaming Your Partner

... for your own emotions. This is a subtle form of selfishness and a classic example of the poor maintenance of personal boundaries. Take responsibility for your own emotions and expect your partner to be responsible for theirs. 

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