Welcome to Day 30 of the 20/20 Life Vision Challenge! Path to 20/20 = 8,784 Hours
If you have made it this far, having gone sequentially through all 29 previous days’ lessons, then I have no doubt that you are on a strong track to attaining your 2020 Goals. Today is important in that it encapsulates the entire month of meditation, assessment and vision development into a high-level summary and concrete action plan.
Think back to Day 21’s Lesson [Planting Seeds], and how you need to tend to your garden in order for it to grow, across all areas of your life. Think about each hour you have spent on your 20/20 Life Vision as a seed – an idea – that can either grow and bear fruit or stagnate and die. Each hour of 2016 – all 8,784 of them – is also a seed in your 20/20 Life Vision. We focus on 2016 (as opposed to 2017-2020) because right now, it is the most tangible, and predictable period that you can work with. How will you nurture and account for them?
Your path to 2020 – in the form of a 5-Year Life Vision – starts on January 1, 2016. You will have 43,848 hours over 1,827 days to evolve and manifest your dreams. The focus today is on building a detailed time and energy allocation plan for the 366 days that encompass 2016 – a leap year, which gives us an extra day to operate. Sometimes people laugh it off when I talk about getting those extra 24 hours in a leap year – “what difference can that make?” is insinuated. However, minds are often changed when I show them what I was able to achieve in that 24-hour period that may otherwise have been left on the table without it. Every hour – every minute – every second counts, and is vital to our success. The more Conscious, meaningful moments we are able to experience, the more fulfilling and productive our lives will be.
With your dreams as guidance and inspiration [Day 22], it is now time to get specific. Think of each of those 43,848 hours between Jan 1, 2016 and Dec 31, 2020 as a grain of sand in the hourglass of your life. The grains will pass through the fulcrum (mid-point of the hourglass, which represents each moment in time) whether you plan them or not. This is why it is important to count and ac-count for our hours – to make them count.
On Day 10, you mapped out your Internal World. We introduced the CEOofMe concept, in order to stress the importance of becoming the master or CEO of your internal world, which surely faces hundreds of competing demands. Everyone and everything wants your time – and has promises or reasons for why you should spend more time with them. I am asking for some of it here, to participate in this program. Your family wants more of it. Your work and boss want more from you. Community service wants it. The Church wants it. It’s endless, and ultimately, you cannot make everyone totally happy – and that is not your job anyway. One of the benefits of this time allocation exercise is to wrestle with these competing demands and be firm about what your priorities are. Nothing speaks to your priorities more than how and where you invest your time and energy. The further we evolve in our journey, the more we demonstrate that we are squeezing the most out of time and experiencing each moment fully.
DAY 30 ASSIGNMENT:
- Check-In: Have you done your – (A) Mantra, (B) Exercise, and (C) Meditation yet today? If not, now’s the time. [Check Boxes]
- Timebug – 2016 Yearbug [Ideally executed via the Timebug Year Plan Calculator or Excel Template; otherwise, it can also be done on old-fashioned paper and pencil]
- We will be doing some math, on no more than 25 lines or rows; so this can all be done on one piece of paper pr a single-page Excel worksheet.
- Start from 8,784 (8,760 hours in a typical year + 24 hours for the leap year of 2016). Write that number in at the top of your page.
- Reflecting back on your prior work – for example, Day 2 [What do you want to do More or Less of?] – map out how you would ideally spend and account for every single one of these 8,784 hours of 2016. The details beyond that, including what you will specifically do within each hour and category, do not have to be spelled out, although I wouldn’t discourage that if you want to visualize and describe what that might look like.
- Start with easy categories like Sleep. If your average sleep is 7 hours per night, then 7 * 366 days = 2,562 hours. Take that away from the full year (8,784) and you have 6,222 hours left to apply across your other Life Categories (also from Day 2, when you first decided upon your Life Categories).
- Then plug in your average time for your Home/Family responsibilities.
- Then your core Job/Work requirements, or School if you are a student.
- Over the past 7 days of Vision Creation, you were asked to apply hours to various goals and bucket list items. Did you do it? If not, bring those details in now, classifying each goal/item under one of your 5-10 Life Categories (I like using 7 categories).
- Now the challenge comes in breaking down your higher level time allocation from Life Categories into these smaller sub-categories, which I call Timebugs.
Congratulations! You have made it through the program. Your success going forward will be 100% dependent on how thoroughly you nurture the seeds in your 20/20 Life Vision garden. I leave you once again with the 20/20 Life Vision Mantra, which was first introduced on Day 21. Good luck.
In my Life and 20/20 Vision, anything and everything is possible. I will do whatever it takes to discover and fulfill my true Life Purpose – and in doing so, I will become the person that I want to be by the Year of 2020. Nothing can stop me from achieving my 20/20 Goals. I believe in myself, will invest in myself and am open to receiving support from the Universe, in whatever form it may come.