Have you ever wondered, whether in this unpredictable life that there is any scope for designing it in such a way that you feel is suitable for and would meet your needs? Is it even possible to do it in this crazy and unpredictable mayhem that we wake ourselves up to each day? How do we understand and reason with our lives from its demands versus what we need to get from it? I would like to put forth some thoughts of what I feel would be apt in designing one’s life.
Did you know that in the airline industry that they have a checklist method to ensure that not even one single step in managing the aircraft is not missed both while on ground and in air? Before 90s, the airline industry had a lot of reverses in the form of incidents/ accidents, mostly which arose from human error. Today with a large volume of flights in air, these have reduced significantly through many programs designed in mind to ensure the safety of the millions who travel each day. I am not going to mention the specifics which can be read elsewhere, but a fundamental aspect was the origin of checklists. This to me is an amazing tool to ensure that life is organized and the vagaries that it throws to you each day can atleast be managed. I used checklists widely in work and of late has been using it in Evernote to manage the needs of my life. Although my success in life has been limited, I am sure it will help me eventually for continued success.
It’s better to start off something with a plan in mind. Most of the time, when I plan I try to visualize the outcome in mind and try to do the following checks on the proposed outcome:
- Am I doing the right thing or is it the right thing to do? If yes, proceed to the next step, else stop and reevaluate.
- Is my definition of right the same as what is being affected by whatever I am doing ? If yes, proceed and complete the task, else move to next step.
- What will be the collateral damage? Can I manage or live with it?
Planning in the above manner has helped me most of the time. I may not influence the outcome, but I have always been helped by the universe if and when my timing was right. I might get it wrong mostly because of poor timing but I have seen that eventually all is well in the end.
This is the easiest to do when compared to the above two methods mentioned here. Timing is very important in execution and what I have realized is that even though it is important to have a sense of urgency, it is also important to procrastinate. Most of the things that is needed to be done can be put off simply because they can wait.
Concluding, you should always remember the 80-20 rule. Use only 20% of your effort to get 80% of what is needed to be done. This is the key to having a smart and successful life. Use checklists, plan and even procrastinate to ensure that you get the best of what could be done to have a fruitful and successful life.
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