Taking Initiative in Life and at Work
In life, obligations pour down onto you like rain. You become very busy, just with your routines and to-do tasks. However, there are people who outperform and obtain extraordinary results even in the same kind of situation. What makes the difference between the people who can only handle the obligations and those who can take on more?
"Taking the initiative" is the key phrase here. I know your schedule is tight. It might already be overwhelming enough with all of the things that are supposed to be done. However, there still is a way to take on initiative, for example, making the tasks into games. If you are doing something that has to be done, then expect the next similar task that might come, and when you work on the current task, do it so that the next task would be almost automatically processed. I call it "the mass production effect," which makes you more efficient and manage your time better.
There is another way to take initiative in life and at work. If you are an early bird or a night owl, and wish to do something creative, then wake up earlier or stay up later, and assign the time to do whatever it is that stimulates you. During regular working hours, you do your regular work. Devoting yourself into something that is stimulating and creative, for an hour or two per day, would change the resulting outcome; things would start to shape into the way that is ideal for you.
Devoting time will help to create your better future. The important thing is, as I always say, to be consistent into the long term. In three years' time, the result would be extremely different, and you will see yourself having whatever life and job it is you wished to have; maybe not exactly as how you imagined, but along the same lines as you had wished. The only difficulty is that not many people have that patience or endurance required.