“I just don’t have the time.”
“Where do you find the time?”
“Where did the time go?”
If you’re like most people living in today’s constantly-on, constantly-harried world, you’re all too familiar with the above statements. Many of us feel like we should be doing more, yet we’re booked to the max as it is.
And when you’re struggling just to keep all your balls in the air, the thought of adding one more thing to mix can seem impossible — even if that thing is something you really want, something you know will make your life better.
That’s why so many New Year’s resolutions fail. It’s why so many of us put our big goals on the backburner, because we just don’t know how we can “find the time” to fit them into our hectic, crazy schedules.
You don’t find the time; you make it.
Making the Time
We’re all given only 24 hours a day. You have 24 hours, the President of the United States has the same 24 hours — there’s no exception or way to cram more hours into a day.
Some of those hours are dedicated to things we have to do no matter what: eat, sleep, buy groceries, put in X hours at our job. We may be able to tweak how long these things take to some extent, but for the most part, they’re a given.
Other things on our to-do list are important, but we dictate how important.
If you’re a neat freak, lots of time for tidying up your home may rank high on your personal to-do scale. If physical fitness is a big part of your life (good for you!), getting in your daily workout, for you, is a non-negotiable. If reading a bedtime story to your children each night is important to you, you’ll find a way to make it happen, even if that means staying up a little later to finish that project that’s due tomorrow.
If something is important to you — really important — you will find a way to make room for it in your schedule, even if that means making a tradeoff or removing something that doesn’t mean quite so much to you.
If you really want to train for that marathon, you may have to get up an hour early so you can fit in a run.
If you really want to earn your MBA, you may have to sacrifice your lunch break or skip your favorite TV show so you can make room for your course load.
When we say we “don’t have time” for something, what we’re really saying is, “It doesn’t matter enough for me to figure out how to fit it into my schedule.”
Is That Really How You Want to Think About Your Dreams?
We have a challenge for you. The New Year is right around the corner, and we’d like to see you finally make time for one of the big, bold dreams on your list.
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