I am busy. I don’t have time. Where did the time go? I am also guilty of saying the same things
There are 24 hours in a day so you should have more than enough time to do everything right? Joke! When I broke it down, you have less than that in day. Here’s the maths I did. When you sleep and try to get a good rest, that is 6 hours taken away. Now you have 18 hours left. Then if you have a “9-5”, which is 8 hours, you will now have 10 hours left. 10 hours to do your stuff and we all know your stuff turns into everyone else’s especially if you have children. So no wonder you don’t have time. But is this really, totally true or is it a case of poor time management? Hmmmm
There are time leaks aka activities that waste time and add no value. And once you learn to plug those leaks, you will end up giving time “gifts” to yourself. For me, I found that chatting in WhatsApp groups and being on Facebook (non business related) were huge time suckers. So I turn off my data for periods of time throughout the day and night. I don’t look at my phone first thing in the morning. I know, it is drastic but that process gives me back time to do something meaningful like read a book or enjoy someone’s company.
So how do you get more time? Make two lists.
List 1: Time wasters
What things seem to “steal” your time? Take time away? Distract you? Make you feel rushed, busy, and stressed? List all the things that seem to “take away” time, or that feel like unproductive or “wasted” time.
List 2: Time Givers
What things seem to “give” you time? When and how do you feel that you’re using time most effectively? When do you feel most focused and “flowing”? List all the things that seem to help you use time well, or that feel like productively spent time.
You may need to take a few days to track this.
Look at your lists. Where do you spend the bulk of your time?
What are the things that you can get rid of or cut down on?
What are the things that are a must and you have to do?
What things add value to your life and what doesn’t?
When you are finished, you will realise that you can find time. It just meant doing the exercise above to find it.
You can either waste your time or spend it wisely. So the next time you say “I don’t have time “, ask yourself “Is that really true?” (unless you are using it as an excuse to get out of something you don’t want to do but in that case just say NO).
Freedom, Love and Happiness