Why You Should Put Your Activities on Trial

We are creatures of habits. When we’ve been doing something for some time, it becomes part of our routine. If you review the tasks and activities you perform in a week, you may very well find that most of them you repeat regularly. In other words, from week to week, you’re pretty much repeating the same activities.

If those activities are producing the results you want, you have no problem; you can keep doing what you’re doing. However, if you’re going to boost your productivity or otherwise achieve different results, you’ll have to change some of these activities.

As a general, it’s an excellent practice to reassess periodically where your time and energy are going to ensure you’re investing them in the right activities. That is, you must put your activities on trial to determine if they’re contributing to producing the results you want.

When you look at your current activities (say, your main activities of the past week), are they helping you reach your goals and obtain the results you want? Pay particular attention to the activities you repeat daily.

For example, if you spend 1 hour per day on social media, that’s about 7 hours per week. You have to ask yourself if that activity is contributing to the results you’re aiming to get or if it’s taking you away from something more important. Only you can answer this, as you’re the one who knows your goals and the life you’re building.

Perhaps instead of spending 1 hour on social media, you can spend that hour reading in your chosen field, working on your presentation skills, or exercising at the gym. Perhaps you only need 0.5 hours on social media and can use the other half to advance one of your goals.

The point is you must put your activities on trial to determine whether they’re giving you a return on your investment of time and energy. If they’re not, they’re guilty of stealing your time and energy and need to go—or at least reduced.

As you assess an activity, ask yourself this question: “If I wasn’t already doing this, would I start it today?” If your answer isn’t an unequivocal, “Yes!”, there’s a good chance that this activity is guilty of theft and that it should go.

Letting go of activities you’ve engaged in for some time can be hard; it demands courage. But remember that you letting go of “lesser” activities makes room for a “greater” ones.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.