The rising and falling of sun is always fascinating, maybe because it is a symbol of our lives in general. Soft and gentle in the start, getting stronger, warmer and fierce until its peak, becoming kind and pleasant later and finally sinking in the horizon humbled and defeated. Every day is a small step towards the end of our life, whatever it is. There is a proverb that says:
Every time you wake up and ask yourself, ‘What good things am I going to do today?’ remember that, when the sun goes down at sunset, it will take a part of your life with it.
The day, therefore, is not to be spent but to be conquered. These small victories go a long way in shaping our future. However, one can easily feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of self-improvement advice available.
In a battle between what to remember and what to absolutely remember, I simplify it by selecting the following 4 points to remind myself every day.
- Plan the day before it starts: Look forward to something meaningful and interesting that is aligned with your goals and estimate what needs to be done.
- Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion (Parkinson’s Law): Give yourself a tough deadline for the tasks at hand, but not tougher.
- Roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes (80/20 rule): For example, 80% of profits come from 20% of the customers in a business. So if you want to earn more, remember that 20% of your activities produce 80% of your financial rewards. Identify and focus solely on them every day.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff: Remember that the world is a huge grinding machine; things will happen as we are caught in it for life. Therefore, remind yourself every day to concentrate only on what is aligned with your goals and ignore everything else. Whatever someone said, or someone did, most of that will not matter 5 years from now anyway.