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One issue that determines your entire life

You and I have about sixteen hours from the time we wake up until the moment we go to bed.

We work hard and struggle, yet something isn't quite right ...

In fact, many of us have a pretty hard time explaining  what we really have done with the week when Friday comes. It's horrible. Yes, indeed, it's really horrible in a horror movie-way if you sit down and think about it for a while.

Too many things that we pretend we do because we disguise it as work, routine work, watching TV and surfing the web – this is the stuff that we spend our time on and never question why we do it. We just allow stupid activities to eat up time and shut down our brain. This is why time flies and we can't explain what happened to all the things we had to do, but never managed to find time to deal with.

But, like most problems, there's a ridiculously simple solution that changes everything instantly.

The solution is that you need to ask yourself one question. And you have to keep asking for a week to make it to stick properly and to pop up on its own as a checklist.

Are you ready to hear the question?

Here it comes:
As soon as you start doing something, anything, you can choose to ask yourself the question:

“Is this the best and most desirable way to use my time?”

What's nice with this question is that it immediately takes you out of that sleep-walking routine, that boring zombie-like state that most daily activities forces us into. Also, if you answer ”no” to the question, you'll get a kick in the butt to something more productive. The fact is that if you don't use your time in a good way, you're wasting your life. Yes, you are. We are wasting much of our lives on inanities disguised as important activities.

If you don't believe me, start asking themselves the question. The more often you ask, the more you will discover how many things you do every day that are just a waste of time.

(I know this sounds very mechanical, I realize that, but in fact it's just the opposite. Anyone who asks themselves the question will do less meaningless things and more life-affirming and good things).

Here are ten things you'll have more time to when it becomes routine to ask yourself that important question:

1. You can do more good things for your customers.
2. You can afford more time off.
3. You can take your career or your business forward.
4. You can kiss those you love more often.
5. You don't have to rush things because you learn to prioritize.
6. You can see what you have done with your week/your life and feel good about yourself.
7. You will know what it feels like to be productive and not just busy.
8. You have more time for your hobbies.
9. You will definitely make more money.
10. You can become a role model for others and teach them to do the same.

Get started with this today. Make it ridiculously easy to ask yourself the question so that it becomes so natural, that you don't even think about it when you pop it the next time.
Do you remember the question:
Is this the best and most desirable way to use my time?

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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