“I don’t have any time.”
Does this sound familiar?
I hate this sentence! I hate the no-timeitis disease. I don’t believe in anyone not having enough time.
Throughout my whole life I used to make excuses and rationalize for why I couldn’t get certain things done. I always blamed a lack of time. I used to tell myself that if I had more time, I would get more work done. I blamed time for everything.
Then all of a sudden I started blogging. I also had full-time studies and full-time work. On top of all of this, I had a fitness regimen, younger brothers to drive to soccer practise, and a girlfriend. All of a sudden, I had to find a way to manage my time. I couldn’t just sit around all day watching wrestling. I couldn’t say I didn’t have enough time because my professors and employer didn’t care about this.
What’s the cure for not having enough time? How can you finally find time to get that new initiative done?
If you want to get something done bad enough, you’ll make time, trust me on this one. There are 24 hours in a day. I remember days where I would get a blog post done when my professor would be running late to class or studying for an exam while riding the bus to my girlfriend’s place. There’s more than enough time out there. You just need to get a little creative to make more time.
Priorities are one of those things that we all talk about and yet so few of us actually set priorities. Most of you reading this have a family, so your priorities are a little different. However, we all have a little bit of free time in a day. It’s important that we set our priorities so that we do the right things in this free time instead of just letting the time slip away.
Once again, you can’t just talk about not having enough time or wanting to get more done. Just go for it. I wanted to write a second eBook for the longest time, but I just didn’t have enough time as usual. Instead of making excuses, I started typing every chance that I could and I outsourced the work that I couldn’t complete on my own.
After a few weeks of hustling and working away, I was able to launch Start Freelancing Now as a new blog with a premium product.
There’s literally thousands of ways that you can fill your daily schedule up with random crap. I’ve spent way too many afternoons sitting around on Facebook or watching random videos on YouTube. This got me absolutely nowhere and it caused me stress because I would get so far behind on my work.
I eventually learned to filter out what was important and what was merely interesting. It’s not always easy and I still spend many afternoons surfing random forums, but you need to slowly learn to filter out the non-essentials.
Life isn’t about being productive all of the time. I believe in planning ahead when you want to relax. I’ll often work hard for a week or so with a planned break. In the past, I would just plan a trip after the school year so that I had something to look forward. You’ll be surprised by how much harder you work when you know you have some time off coming up.
That’s how I managed to find more time and get more done than ever. I went from being a lazy teenager to working my butt off in my 20s to launch a blog and to graduate from college free of any debt.
What are you going to do with all of this time that you now have on your hands?
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