I don’t have enough time to do what I want or need to do. If you are anything like me, you often complain about not having enough time either. I have too much to fit into my days. Don’t you?
Stop fooling yourself. You can’t get everything done. It’s impossible. You might as well stop trying and just accept the fact that you can’t do it.
That’s what I’ve been telling myself for quite a while anyway. The last month and a half as I’ve been traveling, I’ve been making this excuse daily. I just don’t have enough time, or so I thought.
Thankfully, my wife is much wiser than me and she told me to stop using that as an excuse. She had been using it too because of her hectic schedule but decided to stop. I’m smart enough to listen when she is adamant about something.
So what can you do to have more time? I’m going to start doing the following:
Stop saying “I don’t have enough time” – You have just as much time each day as anyone else. We all are blessed with 24 hours in a day. What you do with the time you have is the big question.
You can accomplish during the day what you want if you make it a priority. Setting priorities is the key to having enough time. Oh yeah, not making excuses is pretty important too.
Making excuses does nothing for you except to exacerbate the issue. If you continually complain about not having enough time, you will feel you have less time. I felt the same way while traveling lately. The more I talked about how much I was traveling, the worse it seemed.
Plan ahead – I’ve recently written about planning your week. Have you tried it? It has helped me tremendously. Unfortunately, I forgot about my wife’s schedule while going through the process.
My wife and I have agreed, and we will do it for the first time this evening, to plan our weeks together. Instead of individual schedules, we will have a joint schedule. It will include both of our business appointments, family events and household chores.
My family is blessed that my wife works from home. Having her at home was well worth the financial sacrifice we’ve made. However, I’ve made the mistake of relying on her too heavily. A stay-at-home mom is probably the hardest job in the world. I need to help. This joint schedule will make sure I know what I need to do to provide the help she needs.
Wake up early – The best days are the days I get to the office early. However, I rarely get up in time to get to the office earlier than seven. That’s going to change. I’m going to become the morning person I used to be. I’m going to use that extra time in the morning to accomplish enough to reduce the items on my to-do list.
In contrast, maybe you are a night owl and are really productive late at night. If that’s the case, focus on using that time to be productive. Don’t change who you are. Take advantage of your body’s natural tendencies toward sleep.
Whatever you do, don’t sacrifice sleep. You need a certain number of hours of sleep to be at your best. Very few are blessed with the ability to thrive on fewer than six hours of sleep. If you are, I’m jealous. If you need more, figure out that number and be intentional about getting that amount of sleep each night.
If you practice these three things, you should feel better about what you accomplish each day. You have the time to do what you want. Make your priorities fit in line with the time you have. Get done what you set out to do.
Do you have a problem with complaining about not having time? What are you going to do about it?