How to Evaluate the Cost of Your Actions: 3 Tips for Getting the Most Value

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Do you think about the cost of your actions today? It’s easy to get caught up in doing things without considering the foundation those actions are laying for tomorrow or the resources those actions require. Every action you take right now is important:

  1. It sets the stage for tomorrow.
  2. It costs you a day of your life that you will never get back.

What I do today is important. It is as valuable as a day of my life.

The cost of your day

If you have never seen Ground Hog Day with Bill Murray, it’s a great example of what your day costs. Of course, in Ground Hog Day he has to keep living the same day until he fully understands the value of his day and invests in something that lays a foundation for his tomorrow.

The cost of your day - repeating the day until you get it right

Unfortunately for most of us, we don’t get a reset of this day until we get the day right. Once the day is gone, it’s gone for good. You won’t get it back. 

Another struggle we face in the loss of the day is the preparation for tomorrow. If you aren’t doing something to prepare for what lies ahead then you start the next day behind.

I was a dedicated and proficient procrastinator throughout my school days. If there was a way to put it off until tomorrow, I would work hard to find that way. You could say I invested a lot of time and energy trying to put off investing time and energy into what needed to be done.

After I had children, that became an impossibility. If I put off the laundry until tomorrow, I simply had more laundry that needed to be done. If I put off doing the dishes until tomorrow, they multiplied in the night and took over the whole kitchen. What was worse is that the things put off put me farther behind the next day because I had to get those things done before I could begin to do what needed to be done in the day.

If you don’t want to lose the day and don’t want to waste tomorrow, then value your actions and focus on being intentional in what you do. Know the cost of your actions so you can better invest your time.

Make Today Important by Setting the Stage for Tomorrow

1. Start yesterday. 

Okay, you can’t actually go back to yesterday to get started but you can make the choice at the end of your day to set your tomorrow. When you end your day make a list of the top three things you need to accomplish the next day so you are prepared to hit the ground running.

2. Think long-term.

Your today is not just about right now. It has an effect on what you can (or will) do tomorrow. Value your actions based on what you gain in the moment and what you prepare for the tomorrow.

3. Think short-term.

The little bits of time you have in your day add up. If you don’t find ways to use those little bits of time then you lose them. If you used the little bits to tackle the pieces of a big project then you might be surprised you complete the big project by the end of the day just utilizing those little bits of time.

What you do today will set the foundation for your tomorrow. Will your actions smooth the path for your tomorrow or will they throw detours and speedbumps into your journey? Make the investments to be positioned to do more and to do better.

Your actions will set your tomorrow, but those actions also cost you your today. When you look back and review your day, will it be worth the cost?

The Cost of Your Actions

It’s been said that time is the most valuable commodity that exists because it is the one thing you can’t make more of in your life. You can’t earn more time. You can’t find more time. You can’t make more time. 

For the longest time, there was a sign over my desk that showed a goat standing alone on a hill with the caption, “I’m so far behind I think I’m first.” It went along with my procrastination mindset. Why push to be first when you can think you’re first by being the farthest behind?

  1. Does it really matter? Is what I am going to do important to what I need to do?
  2. Does it have to be me? Is there someone else that can get it done? 
  3. Does it have to be now? Is this something that can wait?
  4. What will it cost? How much time, energy, and resources are required? 
  5. What will it cost not to do it? How will it push you back, hinder the next step, or redirect the direction of the journey?

Your day matters. It matters because you don’t get another one. It matters because it sets the foundation for tomorrow. Since your day matters so much, take time to invest stronger, better, and more intentional in what you are doing for your day. How will you measure the cost of your actions?

Is Your Day Worth the Cost

Challenge: Evaluate the day to prepare for tomorrow. Take time at the end of the day to evaluate your actions. Was all that you accomplished worth the cost of your actions? If yes then find a way to repeat the process. If no then find a way to make your day tomorrow better than today.

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