Take Care Of Yourself
The number rule in designing a better life is to first take care of yourself. This is not about being selfish or self-centered.
It is about taking care of yourself so that you can take care of others.
Abraham Lincoln famously said:
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Sharpen The Axe Consistently
Sharpening the axe is not something you do only when you felt like it. It isn’t about doing it when you have the time.
People put off sharpening their body, until they fall sick. People put off sharpening their spirituality, until they find themselves coming face-to-face with death. People put off sharpening their minds, until they find themselves no longer relevant.
Don’t do that. Instead, work on sharpening your axe on a consistent basis.
Action: To begin, start with an area of your life and list down the different projects. For instance, under my personal life, I have an area called physical.
This is an area that I want to focus on a consistent basis. I’ve identified this area also because it is a Quadrant 2 activity (important but not urgent). In other words, I need to choose to act on it instead.
Once you’ve identified the area (physical), you’ll then start to list down what you want to do under this area. For instance, under physical you can choose to work on (1) diet, (2) exercise, and (3) sleep.
In short, I believe that a well-balanced physical development can be achieved via these three areas.
So, go ahead and start listing down the various projects in your personal life. Of course, bearing in mind this principle we’ve discussed previously.