You have time for ANYTHING...but not EVERYTHING
What if I told you that you could do anything you wanted to do? That the big scary dream on your heart is attainable? That the hobby or habit you’ve been wanting to start is 100% possible?
I think most of us would be on board for that - but there IS a catch. You can definitely make that thing happen, but chances are good that you’ll have to sacrifice something to get it.
Think about it.
You have 24 hours in the day and you’re currently using every single one for something. So logically, if you want to add something into that time you have to get rid of something else. Whether that’s down time, sleep, social media, etc., or even just the luxury of completing tasks slowly without time pressure.
So in order to make time for that big thing you want to do, you’ll have to first make sure your priorities are in line with the way you’re spending your time. Do you find yourself saying that you “don’t have time”, that you’re “too busy” to do XYZ?
Let’s be more specific AND more honest. I find that there are typically two ways to rephrase those thoughts that are more accurate and not just excuses.
It’s not a priority right now.
It’s a priority in theory but the way you’re using your time isn’t actually reflecting those priorities.
Can you think of an example in your life right now where these reframes might apply? Maybe you want 6 pack abs but you’re not willing to workout and eat in a way that supports that goal. Or you want to write a book but you aren’t sitting down to write every day. Or you want to increase your income but you’re not taking steps to make that happen. Is it not a priority or are you just not aligning your actions to your ideals?
Do you have an example in your mind? Look back at the 2 ways to rephrase I mentioned before and decide which one your example aligns with. Based on that, I have a suggestion for each example.
Be honest with yourself. Take the words “I don’t have enough time” out of your vocabulary and instead say that it doesn’t fit with your priorities.
Start planning and tracking your time usage. Create an ideal schedule broken up into 15 or 30 minute blocks and then start tracking your time to look for extra pockets of time or instances when you might be telling yourself that you’re being productive but you’re actually being inefficient or off task.