As one of my monthly goals is to meditate every day I have signed up for a free meditation challenge with Oprah and Deepak. This 21-day challenge focuses on manifestations of success. Feel free to follow along, try it yourself and/or comment below.
Measuring What Matters
Q1) Measurement is a way of maintaining a perspective on the direction of a project with useful feedback. Write an example of how you’ve seen the importance of measurement in your life – it could even be as simple as knowing your checking account balance.
Well, if you are going to bring up my checking account I’ll go with it. I used to let my husband manage all the money. I was clueless. I never knew how much was in the bank at any given time, I never paid a bill unless you count dropping the envelope in the mailbox and I certainly didn’t balance anything. Needless to say, our finances were not in good shape and the husband was and had been, stressed out.
No longer could I feign ignorance about our bank account. So, I took it upon myself to get our bank account in order. I took over paying the bill, balancing the bank accounts and keeping a budget. Not only that but I always let my husband know where we are at so he is in the loop and doesn’t need to stress about it. It’s been really nice. This week has been tight and a little troublesome but the past two and a half months have been really successful financially speaking. Not only is my husband less stressed but I’m less stressed. I used to hate going up to a cashier and wonder if I would be declined or not. Now that doesn’t happen because I am on top of my game. Go me!
Q2) One of the most obvious measurements we can use is time. For example, we can ask ourselves, “Did I spend enough time sleeping last night?” Write about how you can use your time more effectively in attaining your goals.
I spend a lot of my downtime just zoned out on the computer. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my computer and it does a lot of useful things in my life but it is also a time suck. I waste so much time on this thing it isn’t even funny. I have 5 monthly goals every month that I want to accomplish and I have yet to accomplish all 5 in a month because of this lovely machine I’m on right now. I could be accomplishing so much more if I just closed the MacBook and did something else. I could be reading the backlog of books I NEED to read. I could be deep cleaning my house. I could be spending more time with my kids. I could be spending more time with myself trying to figure out some really big decisions. I guess it’s time to step away from the computer and start dealing with real life.
Q3) Another way we can apply measurement to our life is to evaluate how much energy and mental focus we give to various activities. List areas of your life you dedicate a lot more energy toward, but are not necessarily meaningful to you. List areas that are more important to you that get too little attention. Now consider how you can reapportion your energy to match your priorities.
I dedicate a lot of my time and energy avoiding life. My life is just a little bit in shambles right now and I spend a lot of time just trying to keep my mind off of it by being on the computer. It doesn’t help me solve any of my problems and is completely meaningless. It is actually prolonging the shambles that are my life. I really want to dedicate my energy and mental focus on fixing my life, fixing myself and getting back to a mentally healthy state.
I want to focus more on…
1) Reading the self-help books I own.
2) On finding outside help for my anxiety and depression.
3) Getting not just my mental health on track but my physical health as well by eating healthy, exercising more and making the necessary doctors appointments.
Q4) Use this space to reflect further on your experience today.
Today was a really productive day at home for me. I got a ton of stuff done around the house, I got this blog post up, and I felt good all day. The meditation today really made me realize that I was in control of my life. I realized that if I want things to change that I have to do those changes that I’ve been avoiding. I feel really energized to start making some big changes in myself. I also realized that I can’t change anyone. I’m not in control of anyone but myself and that’s a good thing.