Benefits of Setting Limits
Limits simplify your life, making it more manageable and meaningful.
Limits focus you on what's actually important.
Limits make you more effective and helps you stay on the path to achieving your projects and goals.
Life without limits is weak and diluted, by learning to focus yourself within your limits, you will increase your mental strength and efficacy.
6 Principles of Applying Limitations
By setting limitations, we must choose the essential. So, in everything you do, learn to set limitations.
By choosing the essential, we create great impact with minimal resources. Always choose the essential to maximize your time and energy.
Once you have determined what is essential, work to eliminate everything that is not essential.
Focus is your most important tool in becoming more effective. Learn to harness your focus like a laser on one task at a time.
Create new habits to make long-lasting improvements in your life.
Start new habits in small increments to ensure success. Large, enduring change must be built gradually.
Areas to Simplify
Any agreement you make or obligation you take on is also a burden on your time. Time is precious.
Goals & Projects
Which Projects will have the most immediate, highest impact?
Financial awareness and discipline are skills that can and should be developed.
With the constant distraction of the Internet readily available, it is important to be aware and manage our internet usage and media consumption.
Clutter & Belonings
Living in an untidy space and owning too many things that are unnecessary detract from peace of mind.
Choosing the Essential
Start by examining your projects and task lists and asking "What among these are the highest-impact, important, positive, and of long-term relevance to my life and path towards success?"
Compile a list of your projects that meet this core criteria and work to focus your efforts on these.
Start with writing down all of the "essentials" you have identified in your life. These should be congruent with your values, goals, and passions.
Once you have really decided what is important in your life, simplication is theoretically easy: Simply cut out everything else!
Choose the biggest-impact habit and resolve to focus on it for 21 days.
Write down your plan: What are you doing each day? When? What will trigger the behavior? Who will you report to?
Post your habit publicly and tell as many people as possible!
Report on your progress daily!
Celebrate your new habit! 21 days of success = a habit formed.
One Goal System
Limit yourself to fewer goals and you will achieve more.
Concentrate on one major goal in your life at a time.
Break this goal down into concrete steps: Take it from 5yrs -> 2-3yrs -> 1yr -> 90 days -> 30 days -> 7 days -> 1 day.
Make sure you are taking some action on your goal every day!
Simple Projects List
Select only 3 projects at a time to focus on. Write these on a "Focus List" while all other projects are on an "On Deck" list.
At least one project should be closely tied to your Mission.
Finish what you start! Focus solely on these three projects and do not add new projects to the "Focus List" until you have seen all three to completion.
Select 3 Most Important Tasks (MITs) at the beginning of each day and resolve to finish them.
Complete other small tasks only after the MITs are completed.
Focus is the determining factor in completing a project, achieving a goal, or creating a new habit.
In an age of endless multi-tasking, we must train our mind to focus on the present and the ask at hand, to single-task instead.
Focus on your Most Important Tasks first thing in your day. Don't do anything else until these are completed.
When working on a task in a time block, eliminate all other distractions (phone, internet, etc).
If you feel the urge to switch to another task, stop yourself, take a deep breath and refocus on the present.
If things come up that you may need to address, simply record them in your "stuff" to be processed later.
Process your "stuff" to empty regularly so it does not build up and weigh on your mind.
If something urgent pulls you from your current task, leave a quick note so it is easier to transition back to where you were.
Take deep breaths, quick breaks, and stretch every now and them. Stay sane!
Practice Being Present
Like any habit, being fully present requires effort and time before it becomes your natural state.
Do one thing at a time, what you are doing right now and nothing else. When you eat, just eat. Pay attention to taste and texture, take your time. Every activity is practice.
Be aware! When your mind drifts from the present, that's ok. Gently allow those thoughts to pass and then return to what is at hand.
Put up physical reminders, post-its, and other things to remind you of your goal.
There is no failure, only setbacks. Focus on celebrating doing, on every small success.
Keys to Successful MITs
Set your MITs first thing in the morning (or at the beginning of your productive time).
Limit yourself to three tasks with at least one being tied to your Mission
Focus on accomplishing these tasks above and before all else.
Eliminate distractions and Single-Task!