“I don’t have time…”
There’s 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 52 weeks per year. It’s been that way for a long time and no one is gonna change that anytime soon.
I guess we are gonna have to get better at managing the time we have.
Step 1: Know how you are currently spending your available time. That means you may have to track it and write it down. What were you doing at 6am this morning? 7am? 8 am? What things fill your day and how much of your day do they consume?
Step 2: Do the math.
24×7=168 hours in a week. Assuming you sleep 8 hours a night (56 hours per week) you are left with 112 waking hours.
Do you work 40 hours per week? 112-40=72 waking hours left outside of work.
Keep going. Did you find any time that isn’t accounted for? Did you find that you’re watching 20 hours of Netflix per week?
Step 3: List your priorities.
Your job is a big one but not the only one. How important is your family time? Fitness? Netflix? What are you building in your life? A business? Writing a book? Where does that fall in line?
Step 4: Filter the rest.
I learned this cool mental filter awhile back and use it daily. Anything on your to-do list is gonna be labeled one of four possibilities: Urgent and Important, Not Urgent but Important, Urgent but Not Important, Not Urgent and Not Important.
If its Urgent and Important do it now.
If its Not Urgent but Important do it when the Urgent and Important things are done.
If its Urgent but Not Important ignore it. It’s not important.
If its Not Urgent and Not Important then do something else instead.
Hopefully this will help you determine what you think is important and give you the insight to pursue it. If you continue to falter than maybe your stated goal isn’t as important as you thought.
Or maybe you’re just being lazy 😉
Lazy is ok sometimes. We need lazy time too but it has to come from the time we have.