Do You Ever Feel Like You Accomplish Far Less Than You Intended?
Imagine this for a moment: you wake up, ready to attack the day, and somehow, before you know it, you find yourself back in bed and no closer to your goals.
I want to let you know that it’s not entirely your fault.
The deck is stacked against you.
The War For Your Attention is Being Fought 24/7/365.
Every time you glance at a screen, you’re going to get sucked into someone else’s plans for your attention.
We’re Sold A Lie That Willpower And Acting In The Moment Is A Viable Strategy.
Top performing athletes don’t wing it, they practice day-in-day-out in order to anticipate all possible situations so they can perform in the moment.
Why do we ignore this obvious truth when talking about addiction or self-mastery?
In matters of self-mastery, systems and tactics beat willpower and talent 99/100.
Signposts: Your Secret Weapon In The War For Attention.
One of the best ways to compete against yourself in the future is to write notes for your future self.
If you treat your future self as an actual person you care about, something incredible happens.
You begin a dialogue with yourself, which, over time turns into a relationship across time and space.
Think about it: it’s literally time travel.
Here are some examples to illustrate my point:
- Leave post-it notes in obvious places: If you put your goals or instructions for the day on the bathroom mirror, or under your computer monitor, you are literally designing your future environment.
- Journalling: Journaling for 5-15 minutes ( whatever feels natural given your priorities and time that day ) each morning & evening while reviewing what you wrote previously is a great way to facilitate that dialogue with yourself each day.
- Build Yourself a Runway: Every time when you come home, leave your keys, wallet, jewellery etc. in the same place. When I was a complete mess I used to put my keys in my shoes so I knew where to find them each morning.
Guess what? It worked.