Monday, April 6, 2015

Getting Your Life Back: Organizing Your Obligations

As we go through our daily life, we find that all too often we tend to forget things we need to do. Especially if you're someone who enjoys working on yourself, if you're trying to improve yourself, to defeat your bad habits, you will soon find yourself lacking time. However, there are tools and apps that are out there to help you.

Today's installment will focus primarirly on your regular obligations. By this I mean obligations that you need to do on regular basis, whether that basis is daily, weekly or monthly. Getting your life back when it comes to your regular obligations will start with you listing all the things you need to do need to do as a matter of routine.

For this, I use one of these two apps: Toodledo and Wunderlist. There are other apps out there; find the ones that suit you most. Why these apps are great is the fact that you can arrange how often the obligations repeat. You can make them repeat daily, weekly, every Monday and Tuesday, every three days, every weekened, every weekday etc. The sky is the limit. 

Once you've made a list of your obligations, choose how often you'd like them to repeat. Don't make all of them repeat daily - only the most important and/or easiest ones should be placed in Daily category. 

What To Put
  • Obligations that you don't feel like doing (vacuuming)
  • Obligations that you keep forgetting doing (cleaning the aquarium)
  • Obligations that need timely fine tuning (watering different plants at different times)
  • Habits you'd like to get (exercising)
  • Things you don't want to overdo (reading)
What Not to Put
  • Obligations you already do as a part of your daily routine (washing teeth)
  • Obligations that punish you severily on their own when not done (bathing regularly)
  • Obligations that you don't forget (repeatitive and monotonous dayjob)
  • Obligations that are forced on you
If we analyze the list of what you should list in your list, there are a couple of reasons you should have one:

1) It helps you fight your bad habits.
2) It helps remember things you otherwise would. 
3) Prevention of overindulgance. 

I will elaborate on the last one. There are some things that aren't bad in themselves, or are even very profitable for our well being, but that can turn into a positive addiction if not practiced in moderation. In my case, that would be reading - I could read hours on end. However, I have a very busy schedule, and reading too much can impede other things - especially the ones that are profitable but that I dislike (like exercising). In that case, the table serves to prevent you from doing too much of what you love.

Why are we putitng all the tables? Simply put, the whole point of the table is to utilize the reward principle, which we will elaborate on in our next installment.



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