Do you ever feel like there isn't enough time to accomplish the things you want to achieve? In my experience, it's not a problem with your time--it's a problem with your MINDSET.
Recently I read an article in the Wall Street Journal and a particular quote impacted the way that I look at my life and schedule:
Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets; I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.
In light of the article, I decided that I needed to change three things in my life to help accomplish my dreams.
1. Stop Saying "I don't have time."
I started saying, "It's not a priority." There are a lot of people, projects, and causes in my life that are not a priority. Obviously, there will never be enough time in a day to accomplish everything we want to do. However, I tend to talk about the things I want to do more than I execute and accomplish the things I want to do. Do you execute and accomplish the goals and dreams you want? Or have you spent too much time lately only talking and never finishing?
2. schedule my priorities.
I needed to spend more time each week planning out my schedule and blocking off chunks of time to accomplish my long-term goals. The best change I made over the last few months was to take at least an hour to plan out my weekly schedule. I spend time, every Friday, planning my upcoming week and then I take 15 minutes every morning in order to plan out my day.
3. Don't Wait for Motivation. Pursue It.
I started reading books of and meeting with people who are doing amazing things. Their motivation rubbed off on me and I became a student of their habits. As a result, I have been able to learn some key processes and strategies in my life that has helped me become a more efficient hustler. I always thought of myself as a hard worker, but being around these people made me realize that I have a lot more gas in my tank and that I can accomplish much more than previously imagined.
You are the only one who can change your habits, plans, and visions so start today!
Sit down and schedule your priorities, update your resume, reach out to someone for help, go start something. Do whatever you need to do to win.
And let today be the last day that you ever say: "I don't have the time."
What steps do you need to take to pursue your dreams? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below.