April 30, 2015
5 Ways To Find Time To Do What You Love
We live in a busy world, and it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. If anything, life and society will continue to get faster and faster. It is easy to get sucked into everything that is going on around us and forget about doing those things that we really want to be doing with our lives. What are the things that you love to do, but you haven’t because you haven’t had the time? Here are some suggestions that may help you to find the time.
1. Realize your time is a valuable finite resource. There is a saying that goes, “If you want something to get done, give it to a busy person.” There are some people that seem to be able to find more hours in the day and get huge amounts of tasks accomplished. No matter what gets put on their plate, they seem to find a way to manage it all. I am confident that you may know somebody like this. When people are loaded up with tasks, they realize that there is no time to waste. They understand the value of their time and they also realize that if they spend time doing or working on one thing, that they can’t do or spend time on another. Because they see the value of their time, they are able to focus and get those things done that are urgent and important as opposed to spending time on things that are not urgent and unimportant.
2. Wake up early. There is a certain time of the day that I can pretty much do whatever I want. My kids don’t need my attention, my wife doesn’t need me to do anything, my coworkers aren’t depending on me, there are no phone calls or email notifications at this time. This time is 5 am. At 5 am, I can set my own agenda, and I can do whatever I want to do without interruptions. This is usually the time that I take to go over my goals, make plans, write posts for this blog, etc… Until everybody starts waking up at 5am, I am pretty much free to do what I want to do.
3. Stay up late. This is similar to number 2, and I am not very good at this one. It may have something to do with me waking up early. I have a friend that thrives on staying up late. After his kids go to bed, he stays up to the very early hours of the morning working on things. His creative mind is most active at this time. It works for him. I don’t like how I feel when I try to stay up too late to work on things so this strategy doesn’t work well for me. I get too crabby. My friend, on the other hand, is a millionaire so obviously the stay up late strategy is working well for him.
4. Schedule your time. I have noticed that time is similar to money for most people. If it isn’t budgeted, it is going to disappear very quickly. By having specific definite plans for when things will be accomplished, it is much more likely that those things will get done. For example, if I hadn’t scheduled time for myself to wake up and write this blog post, it would never have been written. If I don’t set time aside to exercise, it doesn’t get done. By being deliberate with your plans, you can greatly increase your productivity. Find the most productive person you know, and ask them how much time they spend planning their days. I am sure that you would be surprised to see how well they plan out how they will spend their time.
5. Make a list of what’s eating up your time. If you don’t know your enemy, how are you supposed to fight them? Many times we don’t even realize where all of our time goes. With all of the cool smart phones and the internet, it is so easy to get caught in a time trap. You start scrolling through your feeds, and before you know it, you have just spent a half an hour looking at all of the cool and exciting things that your friends are doing or maybe just looking at everything they’ve eaten in the last 24 hours. Either way, it is easy to get sucked into. By making a definite list of seeing where you don’t spend your time as effectively as you would like to, you are one step closer to avoiding those time wasting behaviors.
By being mindful of the time that you have, and making a focused effort on spending your time the way that you would like to, you can avoid wasting time doing the things that you don’t particularly enjoy doing and spend more time doing the things that you love. I have never talked to anybody that has said “I wish I had spent less time playing with my kids as they were growing up.” or “I wish I would have spent more time watching TV.” You only have today. It is the most precious gift that you have. Make sure to take full advantage of it.