No time? What do you mean you have no time for this?
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2018 has just started and many of people’s New Year’s Resolutions died already (read here why). But even if you are still working hard on getting the results you desire, you only have 24 hours to give your best. That’s it!
Have you ever found yourself saying: “I would love to do that, but I have no time!”; or other people: “Thanks for the invitation but I really don’t have the time to come”, “I would love to workout, but I have so much to do and no time to hit the gym”, “I would love to start this new business venture but I just can’t find time for it”, the list goes on and on and on.
The reality is, YOU HAVE TIME. Everybody has time. Everybody has exactly 24 hours, no more and no less. So please stop lying to yourself.
Have you asked yourself, why some people are able to manage 20 companies while having time to do the things they love?
And others are unable to take care of their health because they are overwhelmed with daily tasks?
The truth is: Lack of time equals lack of priorities.
So if you are somebody who doesn’t seem to be able to free up some time for things they would like to do, below are my top 3 tips to get more time!
3 Tips to Gain More Time for What Really Matters!
You must be absolutely clear about your priorities. Know exactly what you want and where you are headed. Warren Buffet has a
beautiful clarity exercise "2 list strategy" .
Although I think this is a good method that applies to business, I think life is about maintaining a balance in all life areas instead excelling only in one life area (e.g. sports or business).
But clarity will help you to set priorities and focus. As soon as you focus only on the most important things to you, you will be able to spend the rest of your time the way you want it. So avoid distractions.
Become a pro at Planning
Once you are clear and you have determined your focus, make sure to have an action plan to make things happen.
Jim Rohn: “I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change."
Don’t just plan your vacation or trip, but have a personal life vision and mission and plan to turn it into reality.
Don’t just plan the work you need to do, but plan your time off as well. In this period, no work related tasks should ever disturb you (e.g. switch off your phone during this time).
Once you have a plan in place, you have to take action. You need to develop the necessary discipline and stick to the plan.
Many of you may consider discipline as imprisoning, but the truth is, discipline equals freedom to do whatever you like with your time.
If you are very diligent and you stick to your plan continuously, you will be able to take time off whenever YOU want.
So you control your time off, not your tasks or circumstances.
In order to get more time for the things in life that really matter, you have to be completely clear about what you want.
Develop a strong focus and priorities and avoid distractions. You need to have a plan in place but also plan for time off.
Don’t allow tasks and circumstances to control your planning. Discipline will help you to become the master of your time.
And then...enjoy the time that you have to its fullest (with no emails, no phone and no work related documents).