Have you ever felt like your experiences are signs you are wasting your life? Everyone desires a purpose in life, and may often think a life without one is wasted. Although discovering your purpose can be a difficult task, but what’s even more challenging than that is staying on track with that purpose.
When the usual way of life gets too comfortable for some people, they tend to get caught up with their routines and “harmless” time-wasting activity. To them, each new day is “just another day” to get by, neglecting the purpose that matters.
At some point, some people may feel dissatisfied with their usual lifestyle and try to fall back on track with their purpose. However, some fail to realize that these “harmless” routines may be lethal in their tendency to wasting their lives if not properly examined.
Therefore, unless one consciously examines their life activities to stay on track with purpose, they could look back at the time wasted in regrets, later in life. If you feel like the above narrative describes you, and wonder how to know if you’ve gone off track with your purpose, read this article till the end. In this article, we highlight six signs to look out for, to know if you’re going off track, and six ways to get back on track with your purpose.
Six signs you are wasting your life or going off track
1. Settling for less
Some people confuse “settling for less” with “being contented” because they are too lazy, scared, or tired to chase what they want. If you are one such person, you are likely wasting your life by limiting yourself from possibilities.
You can be contented but still, desire better, but settling for less is what stops you from trying harder or trying new things, and makes you contented with the status quo. Do not limit your standard to what seems “Good enough,” you stand to miss out on better opportunities if you settle for less.
2. Trend obsession
If you are so obsessed with trends that you can’t do without possessing the latest cell phone or luxury stuff that just came out, you may want to take a pause and work on that habit.
Spending most of your earning on material things wouldn’t be the best way to secure a better future, a better idea could be investing in something that would yield more income, or makes you a better person.
Many people chase material things because they feel dissatisfied and unhappy with themselves and replace self-worth with an expensive item. You should ask yourself why you so crave for these things and put effort into working on that habit
3. Escaping reality with fantasy
Do you often find yourself escape into a fantasy world on television? Do you even remember what they are? It is okay to briefly leave your current reality and experience something else entirely different, but it would be detrimental to replace actual living with mere fantasizing. Instead of spending over 4 hours watching television and living someone else’s fantasy, you should live your dreams.
So many people make plans to make their life better, but never take any action to make it happen. It could be getting a new job, pursuing that dream career, or travelling to the country you’ve always wanted to go, but as soon as they attempt to take action, they sabotage their plans by giving excuses why it wouldn’t work. If you always have a reason not to take action, and you comfortable with remaining stagnant, you are likely wasting your life.
5. Reliving the past
You probably have heard older people talking about “the good old days,” which may sound fun and interesting to fantasize about. But those elders may likely not be going on new adventures as often as they did in their youths.
On the contrary, you have a lot of things to explore before old age, and if you often find yourself reliving the past, you may just as well be wasting your life. You don’t have to spend most of your time reliving the good old days while others venture on new adventures.
6. Living under others dictation
Some people will enter your life and try to dictate how to live your life; some may have good intentions and others otherwise. However, the decision is yours to either listen, or ignore, it’s your life to live, and you only get one chance for that. If you let others tell you how to live dependently on the commands of others, you are likely wasting your life, and need to get back on track.
Six ways to get back on track
1. Conduct a Life Audit
There are many ways to conduct a life audit. At the same time, some prefer making use of physical diagram representation, or answering a list of questions or dialogue works best for others; your chosen method depends on what works best for you.
Life audits are a useful tool to examine different areas of your life, career, intimate and family relationships, health, emotional well-being, spirituality, finances, and so on. When it concerns getting back on track, a life audit is the best way to assess and gain more clarity of all the aspects of your life, knowing where you presently stand, and where you’re heading to.
2. Brain Dumping
Over 5000 thoughts go through our minds every single day, and it’s impossible to keep track or control the amount that flows into our consciousness. Eventually, our brain comes up with a long list of thoughts and tasks to handle as we go about our day, some of which could cause stress and get us overwhelmed.
Brain dumping is an exercise that helps to declutter the mind by bringing all those thoughts and ideas onto paper; it is an effective way to get back on track when you feel overwhelmed. This way, you get to relieve some thinking space, creating room to focus.
Take as much time as you can to write down things you may likely forget on a paper, it doesn’t have to be well-structured feel free with the process. You can shuffle through them afterwards, and prioritize them in various categories.
3. Regain Self-confidence
Self-confidence is vital to gaining control over what happens in your life; it is one crucial factor that motivates you to show up with an intention every day. To get back on track when you feel off, you have to regain confidence.
Think about the things that give you confidence, and find what correlates to it. If fitting body physic would make you feel confident in yourself, you should commit to fitness. If having more knowledge would make you feel good about yourself, seek out the necessary information. Once you gain confidence in yourself, you also regain control over other areas of your life.
4. Organize the Little Things
Sometimes we require a little push to get things done, and organizing the least essential thing can help you build momentum to handle significant tasks. When you feel like you have less control over the major things in your life, do not forget you have control over the things surrounding your space.
Little things like cleaning your house, organizing your drawers, prioritizing income, preparing a meal, and handling other household necessities, can help you begin your day with a sense of achievement, and build the momentum needed to handle different tasks throughout your day. These little things add up together, can help you regaining control of your life.
5. Define Your Purpose
Redefining your purpose is a significant step to stay on track; it helps you maintain your awareness and keeps you going whenever you feel like giving up. Plugging into self-awareness can help define your purpose, which is something to hold on to. So whenever things seem to be going out of hand, and you go off track, you can refer back to your purpose, and stay motivated knowing the joy that comes from it.
6. Assess Your Time Management
Time management is a vital life skill that takes years to master: if you have too many tasks to handle with limited time, it could leave you overwhelmed, and could result to mental and physical breakdown. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to engage in multiple tasks, but without prioritizing your time, you may be unable to handle all situations correctly.
Therefore, you want to create a time management plan that helps you simplify things in a way that keeps you on track. Consider how much time you have and prioritize your obligations according to their importance, concentrate on moderation but create your plan in a way that works best for you.
Everyone goes through difficult times in life, and some deviate from their purpose; whenever you feel you are off track, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to regain balance. Know that it may take time, and you need to work on different aspects of your life to stay focused on your goal.
Things getting out of track could also be a sign to slow down and reassess your life and make changes. Don’t forget that gaining total control is a lifelong learning process and changes with significant life events throughout your lifetime.