Updated: Aug 9, 2018
“Action expresses priorities.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Do you find yourself saying I don’t have time…. I would say this a lot before I realised what I was really saying. I was working a 9-5 job and I was miserable. I felt overwhelmed by thoughts that would constantly plague me such as “I don’t want to be in this job anymore, how can I get out. I want to quit but everyone seems to think it’s a bad idea. I feel like I need to quit.” This would play in my head repeatedly. To add to that I felt as though I had no time. I would say to people I can’t do that I have no time… What I really meant was I don’t want to prioritise that right now because my weekends were for me to recharge and get back to a job that drained me.
I don’t have time means it’s not a priority
I don’t have time means it is not that important to me right now.
I don’t have time means it sounds hard and uncomfortable
We make time for the things that are important to us.
Are you creating your life before your consuming the lives of others?
Are you consuming time on Facebook and TV?
Are you helping others achieve their goals and neglecting your own?
If your not following what you truly want you’re consuming more than you’re creating. You can change that and put time and energy towards your own dreams and goals.
This TedTalk explains why we say we don’t have time and that saving time doing tasks a specific way is not the only way to find time in your day.
Here is how it shows up in our lives
I want a more fulfilling career, but I don’t have time to research, look and reflect on what career I want
I want to be healthier, but I don’t have time to exercise
I want to spend more time with family, but I don’t have time in the day
I want to start meditating but I don’t have time to find a quiet place
So why do we make excuses up about not having time?
YOU'RE NOT FULLY COMMITED.
The commitment level to the idea is key. If you are not really committed to something you tend to use this excuse. This can show up when we doubt ourselves.
IT'S NOT A PRIORITY.
You have so many things going on in your life that you choose to do and this leaves you with little time for you. It may feel as though you have no choice, but the reality is, you can choose where to put your energy.
So, what can you do?
1. Do an audit of where you spend your time. Is it really what you want to prioritize and can you change it? How will this impact your future if you spend time doing these things?
2. When you sign up for something commit to it and start making choices to be fully present. Do it because you want to and because it may help you in the long run. It's important to note that sometimes we should do things that we are uncomfortable with ONLY if it helps us grow in confidence and skill level.
3. Rather than signing up for many things ditch the things that are not as important to you and fully commit yourself to the activities that will energize you and help you move forward.
4. Be clear about what you can spend time on and communicate that with people.
5. Learn to say no to things that you're only saying yes to because you feel guilty. Making a decision based on guilt will generally make you feel annoyed, resentful and this will project in the commitment level you have for it or towards the person that asked you to do it.
6. Change your mindset around what you think you have to do for other people and for yourself, to what will benefits you in the long run and what gives you energy.
7. Invest time in your future. Think about how you use your time today and how it will impact your future.
"TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE AND USE YOUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE"
Work with me to get clear on what you want, why you want it and how you can achieve it. This will enable you to free your time up with confidence that you're doing the right thing and you have clear direction on what you want NOW and in the FUTURE