Don’t have time? Here’s how to make time.
I know, I know, “There are only 24 hours in a day.” Yeah, I got the memo.
Here’s what to do about that.
This is part of the Every Single Day Series where we turn a tiny change in a habit into a monumental life-altering transformation. Yeah, there’s that.
Over here at ESD HQ, we:
- Don’t make excuses.
- Also have 24 hours in a day.
- Get it done.
I don’t really have much patience for people who say:
- “But I have two young kids!” Yeah, so do I.
- “Well, easy for you to say, but I have a company to run and a dog to walk!” Check. Got those, too.
- “But, but, but … I just can’t find the time.” Yeah, there’s the issue.
You’re not going to “find” time. Just like you’re not going to find the sock you lost last week. It might show up one day, but you’re not going to find it. So we’re going to have to make it (and you might just have to buy new socks, or “borrow” from your 13-year old).
I Write Every Single Day. Yeah, you got that. But I also only have only 24 hours in a day. To add to that, my hours today were dwindling fast. It was 6 PM and we had to get my older son on a train, but then also be home for when my 11-year old came home. It was a bit of a juggle. My wife wouldn’t have made it if they had to park (because there’s lot of construction by the train station), so the only way they were going to make it was if I drove them. Then waited for my wife to come back. Maybe half an hour.
Did you catch that? I just “created” half an hour.
I didn’t “have” half an hour. In fact, I had plenty of other things to do, but in between the time when I had to drop off my wife and then pick her up again, I “made” half an hour.
I parked near the train station, turned on the hotspot on my phone and connected my laptop. I even managed a photo of my car and laptop in said parking lot. There I wrote this.
“But I don’t have time!”
I don’t either. None of us do. We’re also not going to find it, trip over it, or create it. We have to transform it from something we couldn’t use into something we could use. We have to make time.
If you’re taking your daily ESD, you’ll know this. Why? Because Every Single Day you have to make time. You’ll get the hang of it, you’ll get used to making that time that you didn’t use to have. Then do you know what happens? It becomes a habit. Then you don’t even think about how to make it, you just do it, you make it. You prioritize, you juggle, you make it happen.
You sit in a parking lot for 20 minutes and do what you need to do. Because that’s who you’ve become. You’ve become an unstoppable machine. You know how to bend, manipulate, tweak, and make time. Ooh, ooh, guess what? You now have more time than you used to because you spent that time efficiently and now you might have some extra. Double bonus brownie points.
What are you going to do with it?