Why you should declare your lifespan today.
You are a lean, mean, scheduling machine.
When you have both a destination and an arrival time, you can easily figure out when you need to leave to get to the destination on time.
When you have work to do and a deadline to meet, you know how to complete the work on time.
The amount of work to be done, and the time allotted, determine the pace. (But not the Picante sauce.)
Pace = Effort / Time
This is the basic computation we do every day to accomplish everything.
It determines how much time we allot to commute to work.
It determines how much time we need to run an errand. Or exercise. Or make whoopee.
When you know the task to complete and the time that task requires you know your start time and your pace.
But when you apply this innate ability to schedule and complete activities to your life goals there is a problem.
Because you don’t know the deadline.
So you don’t know how much time you have to complete the task.
Which means that you can’t determine your start time.
And you can’t determine your pace.
As a result, there is no sense of urgency.
Even to your biggest, most important goals.
But there is a simple fix.
Declare your lifespan.
Determine the age that you will die, or no longer be capable of performing the task or achieving your goals.
This exercise helps you live more effectively.
Determine if you will have 100 years or 80 or 60 or 40 or 25.
A declared lifespan provides the proper motivation.
Equally important, it provides the math your brain needs to figure out how to get from point A to point B on time.
It makes your life-goals urgent. Like Foreigner.
Then you can get to work. And achieve your goals within the time you have left.
The deadline is the only way to make the required pace tangible. (Which I always think sounds like the ability to turn into a tangerine.)
It’s Go Time
Set your own death timer and you will find yourself moving faster.
My assumed death provided the timeline I needed to launch my own business.
My assumed death motivated me to write and publish a book.
My assumed death is driving my financial savings, investing and spending.
My assumed death is driving my travel plans.
My false deadlines are making life manageable, goals achievable and days productive. Which makes false deadlines far more attractive than false eyelashes. (What’s up with those thangs?)
Declare how much time you have left. It will provide the missing data you need in order to schedule and pace the rest of your life. It will motivate you. And it will enable you to achieve your dreams. It is one of the greatest gifts you will ever give yourself. Because the best way to spend your time is knowing that you are quickly running out of it.
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Originally published at http://adamalbrecht.blog on July 17, 2022.