We are not aware of how much time we spend on idle activities. It must not be nice to understand how we dissipate precious and limited time when we put our heads on the pillow in the evenings. When we evaluate the months, years, and all life, we may feel the burden of whatever we want to do but cannot do. Not to regret tomorrow, we desire to take on the reins of our life as soon as possible without being caught up in the sweet wind of distractions and to engage in functional activities. But how will we do that?
With the idea of further facilitating my self-control, I developed a technique I called the bean technique, inspired by what James Clear described in his book Atomic Habits. I took two tea plates and put six beans in one. Six beans represent 6 hours of proper use, each for one hour. Throughout the day, for every hour I use for the activities I aim for, I take off a bean from the full plate and put it into the other one that starts empty in the morning.
My goal is to carry six beans to the other plate until bedtime. When the day passes, I look at the plates before I go to bed and evaluate my day according to the beans' location. The next morning I start the application again, with one plate full and the other empty. The demanding process, in the beginning, becomes automated over time. Fruits of this habit, which will last for months, years, and even a lifetime, are delicious.
I follow and assess my behavior like an inspector with the bean technique. For every hour I use beneficial, I reward myself by placing one bean on another plate. I feel punished if the beans stay in the same place, which means I didn't use the time functional. The way I practice the 6-hour time frames becomes concrete as the beans right in front of me. Thus, my motivation to manage time in line with my goals is advancing. My particular habits are getting reinforced and automatic.
For themselves, everyone may determine the number of beans and which activities each one represents.
James Clear's explanations from neuroscience and psychology suggest that this method is effective. You may learn the details of habit management from his book. These days, at the beginning of the new year, I wish you gladly remember the old years which fullest lived and continue the same line in coming years.
Atomic Habits, James Clear, Google Play Books.