5 Steps to Maximum Enjoyment with Fixed Time and Flexible Opportunities

by Jarrod

Photo credit: dileepan

Time is fixed in life. Opportunities are flexible. There are over a million things that you could be choosing to do right now. Each opportunity is sitting there right in front of you. Life is like walking into a living library, every different book has a different experience available.

Because time is fixed and opportunities are flexible you must choose which opportunities you want to experience. One thing is for sure.

Make sure you actually choose!

Soon I’ll take you through 5 steps to help you choose and step into future joy.

Don’t just sit out in the windy weather just trying to point your umbrella in a direction that it doesn’t break.

Change your life, make decisions!

We all have compasses distributed through our mind and heart, suggesting to us which way we might like to go. They often nudge us every now and again to dip our feet in the water and try it out.

All a compass can do is point. If all you do is look in the direction the compass points then nothing will change in your life. However every step you actually take brings a whole new world into your life.

Every step of experience taken on the stroll of life gives you new opportunity to live. If you take no steps, you rarely get any changes to explore and enjoy.

Choose your Life Opportunities

Every opportunity is open to you. You can change your life in an instant just by taking simple action.

The caveat to this is that, due to fixed time, you simply cannot experience everything.

So here’s how you choose. Take a few moments to do these exercises on a fresh page.

1. Dream everything you might like to live

Start writing a list.

Write down anything that tickles your fancy, that pops into your mind.

When things make you smile a bit, trigger your excitement and outright make you burst with joy, add an exclamation point to it.

2. Bucket order your list

The precise order doesn’t matter here.

Order all of your items into buckets of increasing item size. The first one can fit 3 items, the second 4 items and third 5 and so on until all your items are placed. The smaller buckets have the things you most want to experience in them.

The items that excited you with their exclamation points should go in the ‘most wanted’ smaller buckets before the other ideas you had. Because you want to experience these the most.

3. Gauge the time investment

Only consider your top 3 buckets for now.

For each item in these buckets put roughly in days, months or years how long it would take to experience this in your life.

Now go again through each item and estimate roughly how many hours you would want to spend on each in a week.

4. Pick the dreams to run with

Now its time to make a decision to change your life and allow you to experience some things you would really enjoy.

Ask yourself roughly how much free time you currently have each week (later take the time to make more free time).

75% of that number is what you can allocate to stepping into those dreams.

Take items one by one out of your top bucket until the number of hours you have free equals the total number of hours of goals you have chosen.

5. Take that list and stick it on the wall

Put it up on your wall. You must do this. You must see this everyday to remind you of the joy you are choosing to step into.

Then take action each day to get maximum enjoyment out of those items and change your life.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

jonathanfigaro October 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I think once we make a conscious choice on the dream we want to chase. Life for us becomes much more simplistic and less of headache from the lack of decision making.


Jarrod October 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm

@Johnathan: It really is interesting how when we make that decision and mentally cut off our other choices, how simple things can become. Atleast then the only challenges we face are the ones on the way to where we want to go.

Farouk October 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm

i love number 4
keep it up :) )


Seth November 3, 2010 at 7:26 am

Nice post. You’re dead on in the closing about taking action every day.

I made a bucket list a few years ago. This led to me walking over 400 miles one summer on the Appalachian Trail and a year spent living and teaching in Korea.

As far as time commitment, I went all in for both of them.

If I’m not all in, I tend to play fast and loose with my time, two hours here, zero there, etc. So I make time-bound output goals instead.

For example, instead of just saying ‘I’ll spend an 1 hour every day practicing piano,’ I make a list of specific sections of songs to work on, other songs & techniques to review. However, to keep from going overboard, I set a timer to go off after an hour.


Jarrod November 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

@Seth: Nice walk :)

Yes the timeboxing can help you focus your efforts.

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