“There’s just not enough time.” I hear that a lot and the fact is, there isn’t enough time to do everything you wish, think, could or feel you should do. We live in a world of endless possibilities, opportunities, expectations, desires and temptations. Throw in a little people-pleasing or perfectionist tendancies and yeap, sure enough you’ll never get it all done. Moreover, when you live with the defeated belief that “you don’t have enough time” you will find yourself enslaved to constant busy, an endless to-do list and frequently wrestle with the balance and satisfaction of your work/life.
When I am working with others on the subject, my first question is, “What is it that you don’t have enough time for?”. Surprisingly, some don’t have an answer and they realize they have been sucked into the “never enough” way of life. (This usually warrants another kind of conversation.) The ones that do have an answer are then asked how important is “that task” to them and how much time would it take. Then, if it really is a priority, make the time to put “it” on your calendar. You don’t “find” the time to do things that you want/know you need to do…it’s up to you to make the time for them.
We only have so much time in our day and so many days in our life. Slow down long enough to know and declare what your priorities are and then make the time to follow-through. Remember, if everything is a priority, nothing really is.
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
- What one thing that if done, do you know would greatly improve the quality or satisfaction of your job?
- What one thing if done, do you know would greatly improve the quality and satisfaction of your health/well-being?
- What one thing if done, do you know would greatly improve the quality and satisfaction of a key relationship?
Like I tell my kids, “Successful people are just those who were willing to do what the unsuccessful people were not.”
I would love to hear from you.
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The bad news is, time flies! The good news is, you are the pilot. 🙂