Direct Your Mind: What is the Best Use of My Time Right Now?

This is another in our series based on the book, Direct Your Mind. Here's how to use a question effectively: How to Direct Your Own Thoughts So They Work For You Rather Than Against You.

This is Alan Lakein’s question. Lakein is the author of the famous book, How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life, and he’s the original expert on time management. This question is a good one for almost any situation. It can clarify your mind in moments and get you back on track. Lakein recommends asking it several times a day. 

First you need to know what your goals are. Then you can ask the question to your heart’s content. The way you use your time is — and always will be — an extremely important question. All you have is time, and what you have is limited. I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before, but you can’t hear it enough because it is human nature to take it all for granted, act as if we’ve got all the time in the world, “fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way” on stuff that isn’t important at all, and then be shocked and horrified when we suddenly realize ten years have gone by and we haven’t accomplished nearly what we wanted to. No one told you when to run. You missed the starting gun.

As the Pink Floyd song says: “The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older. Shorter of breath, one day closer to death.” Not the sort of thing we normally like to think about, but time is running out for all of us. Courageously facing that fact head-on can really improve your motivation to use your time better. Lakein’s question can help.

Ask the question several times a day. And think about it. This is one question that deserves some time.

Adam Khan is the author of Direct Your Mind, and co-author with Klassy Evans of What Difference Does It Make?: How the Sexes Differ and What You Can Do About It. Follow his podcast, The Adam Bomb.

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