"Time management is really a misnomer - the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves." - Stephen Covey
"I don't have time!" Bullshit! You have time. I mean, you're reading this aren't you. Just kidding. Thank you for reading this but seriously. How often have we fallen victim to the myth of I don't have time (really it's a lie but we will say myth because it's sounds better).
Here are some of the things we say...
I just can't find the time...
There are not enough hours in the day...
There is always something to do...
Oh I wish I could just clone myself...
I would love to do that but I don't have time...
The truth is, you have time, you just haven't made that particular activity a priority!
You have always had time. There are always enough hours in the day. You just haven't made whatever it is you are referring to a priority. If you want to learn to swim, book a class with an instructor. If you want to find a new job, sit down and update your resume. Time isn't the issue, your level of commitment is.
The next time you find yourself ready to say, "I would, but I don't have time." Re-frame that and simply say, "I would, but I haven't made it a priority yet." See how that feels. It puts you back in the drivers seat. It makes you take control of your situation and quit playing the victim. There are no victims here. We don't play that victim stuff. Own it!
If it is important you will find a way, if it isn't you will find an excuse! Period.
In the world of personal development, I hear women say that they want a different life. They want change. They want more but.... they don't have the time to invest in themselves. Again, BS. If you want it, do it. And it really is as simple as that.
Now, before you get on your soapbox about how I don't understand. I am a mom of three boys (15, 11, & 7), wife to an amazing man, full time business manager, life coach in my "spare time," (spare time, yeah right) life group leader, volunteer coordinator, and I manage to hang out with some really bad ass women, have lots of great conversations, good food and travel, still scroll through social media, and carve out time for myself. I get it. It's hard. I never said it was easy, but the decision is simple.
It doesn't take years and years to change your circumstances or create a better life experience. You can change right now. Your circumstances may not reflect your changes immediately, but you are making deposits into your future with every decision you make that is moving you in a new direction. You can change direction instantly. You can decide to take a new path now.
The minute you change direction and couple that with empowered action, things that seemed out of reach are catapulted in your direction. Goals get closer and you can leap frog through time. Previous rejections turn into approvals. Access is granted immediately. The things you thought were lost will begin to be restored to you. The time you thought slipped away will be added back. You will begin to experience things you never thought possible.
It's time for some action...
Think about the one thing you really want to do but you keep putting off because you don't have "time!"
Now say to yourself, I would really love to do (insert that one thing here) but I haven't made it a priority.
Now decide how bad you want it.
Identify your time wasters:
Reading gossip blogs
Scrolling mindlessly on social media
Phone calls that have nothing to do with your enrichment or the enrichment of people you love.
Surfing the web.
Emptying your spam mail (Just hit delete sis, it's easier).
All the useless shit we keep ourselves preoccupied with so that we don't have to do the real things we need to do. You know, busy versus productive.
If you would eliminate just one of your time wasters, you could take action on your ideas, goals, and dreams.
So say it with me. I have time, I just need to make it a priority.