Do you feel that things are moving to fast in your life? It seems like the days run together and I am trying to remember what day it is half the time. It made me think of the quote from the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” You may not be able to call in sick from work or school like Ferris did, but what if you just took an hour or so on the weekend? If you want to ensure you are heading in the right direction, then you need to take at least a small break. Are you happy? Are you getting what you want out of life? Focusing on the right priorities? What if you spend that hour reflecting on how you are doing and if you are happy?
I saw this article today and it really seemed like a great way to track the answers to the question about whether you are happy or not. In this article called What Is On Your Happy Dashboard? by Kelly Ross, she shows a visual way to track what makes you happy. This is so simple and yet so effective to do. It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfectly drawn out. It can be drawn out on a post it note, track it on your phone or write it on the back of a napkin at Starbucks. The point is to have the conversation with yourself and figure out the answers. We all have a tendency to overthink things and try to make them perfect. Just go with what first comes to you and write those things down. Review it monthly and change it if you like. The things that make you happy may change and that is okay.
Think of it as a way to get an hour of peace and quiet each month that helps you measure your direction in life. It is really easy to do the same things every day and wake up 30 years later wondering what you did with all the time you had. Don’t let that happen to you. Be intentional with the time you have. Ensure that you are spending it on the things that matter to you and make you happy.
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