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The Cure For “I Don’t Have Any Time”

“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?

Make time.

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.

Set priorities.

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.

Don’t just talk about it.

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 [1] as a new blog with a premium product.

Cut out non-important crap.

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.

Plan your time to relax.

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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13 Comments To "The Cure For “I Don’t Have Any Time”"

#1 Comment By OttawaGuy On August 9, 2012 @ 8:39 am

Play xbox!!! 🙂

The reoccurring theme I get out of this is focus. Priorities is difficult when you have two or three things that you really want to accomplish.

#2 Comment By Money Beagle On August 9, 2012 @ 8:50 am

I’m with you. It especially gets on my nerve when someone goes on Facebook and complains about how busy they are and how they have no time for anything. To me, if you have time to complain about it on Facebook, you have major room for improvement.

#3 Comment By Trader Rob On August 9, 2012 @ 10:04 am

Funny, saw your new blog yesterday and first thought out of my mind was, man no time:)

Actually it was less about time and more about focus, I tend to be the proverbial jack of all trades, master of none, so I set out the tree things I want done

investments (got an inheritance that needs to sorted out)
penny stock trading (and blog to go with it)

Funny it’s not the blogging but finding the audience that takes all the effort.

#4 Comment By Evan On August 9, 2012 @ 10:13 am

Man am I with you!


I can’t freaking stand when someone says they don’t have time. Turn off the damn television, wake up a bit earlier, don’t go out drinking, you have to want it!

#5 Comment By Trader Rob On August 9, 2012 @ 10:33 am

BTW was curious so I re-read “how I manage ….”

Really your a very good time manager and well focused. AND you have good partners, that in itself makes a huge difference


#6 Comment By Lance@MoneyLife&More On August 9, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

Focusing and priorities are huge. Multitasking slows me down and if I can eliminate that and focus I beleieve I could get more done in less time.

#7 Comment By Kathleen @ Frugal Portland On August 9, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

I read somewhere else this morning (oh! Michael Hyatt) that every time you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. We all have the same amount of time, we just choose different priorities.

#8 Comment By Ornella @ Moneylicious On August 9, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

One of the things that you touched on which most people do but shouldn’t be doing if they want more time is to stop wasting their time on time-wasters.

Personally, I’m fitting into my already busy schedule time to put on a a women’s conference.

#9 Comment By MD On August 9, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

@OG It’s tough to be all over the place. This happens to me far too often. The good news is that when you’re working on many things, at least one of them is bound to work.

@MB When you have time to complain, you have time for everything.

@Trade Rob. I wish I was more focused! I get far too distracted.

@Evan Hahah you’re right man. I have friends that complain about no time, yet they can keep tabs on every single Olympic event and standings. Then when I say anything negative, I hear, “oh you need to support your country.”

@Lance How do you usually get stuck multi-tasking? I personally get far too distracted, too easily.

@Kathellen True. So I guess yes means no?

@Ornella Wow, good job! How much works does that require?

#10 Comment By Trader Rob On August 10, 2012 @ 1:41 am

for me it’s multi-tasking and more about focusing on what is important, not easy to do, the important stuff isn’t always the most interesting stuff.

BTW what I find most time consuming isn’t blogging itself but the marketing/audience building, just reading and commenting on blogs takes a huge amount of time, and if you want to be a top commentator on a popular blog!

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