I know you’re so busy, everyone is. You can’t seem to get a moment to yourself. Every time you stop to take breather something else comes up that demands your immediate attention.
The worse is when you think about going something for yourself but then you think about all the other things you should probably be doing instead.
Like mopping the kitchen floor, vacuuming the hallway, cleaning out the garage, taming the mess you keep recreating on the dining table, oh and the laundry because you can’t wear the clothes you have on today forever.
One of my best friends is always asking me to go to the gym with her. It’s not that I don’t want to go, well I mean maybe it is a little, but I know I definitely should go. However, when she asks I tend to think about all the things I have to do instead.
I can’t fit it in after work because my hours are so long and I have other things to do when I get home. So that rules out doing it on a daily basis. At that point, I just give up on whole idea all together.
The real kicker is later on at some point I’ll find myself doing something of little or no importance.
Amazing how you can shoot down something that would be truly beneficial to you, yet somehow carve out the time to waste on other less important things.
Everyone wants change to happen but most times don’t know how to go about doing it. When you haven’t started, it always seems more complicated than it actually is and it can be exhausting trying to figure out how to fit it in.
Often I want to do something new or change the way that I currently do it but always think to myself I don’t have time. Every new thing is automatically canceled out because of time constraints.
This is probably one of the biggest obstacles people face when trying to incorporate something new.
Imagine what your life would be like it you didn’t have time for some fun stuff, probably extremely boring. So picture how bad it can be if you don’t make time for the things you need to do.
It would be horrible, like just bad at first but it would surely get much worse.
You may think that you don’t have time to do more or change things but you do. You just have to take a better look.
You Know it’s Bad
When you don’t change things and you know you should frustration takes over.
You’re constantly upset and easily agitated. Anything remotely related to what you should be doing sends you into a frenzy.
It all comes down to your lack of action, your immediate rejection. You just dismissed the idea without further thought.
Maybe you are busy but you have to figure out if you’re actually doing something. Being busy doing nothing won’t be much comfort a few years from now, when you’re unhappy.
If you really want to achieve your goals and live differently you’re going to have to change something. You can’t really go on doing the same things and expect vastly different results. It’s just not going to happen.
In fact that’s the definition of insanity, and I’m sure you’d much rather be happy.
So what you need to do is really look at how you spend your time. That’s how you’ll know what you have to work with.
1. Turn off the boob tube
TV can be a ridiculous time waster.
The average American spends just over 5 hours in front of the TV daily. Considering the fact that most people work 5 days a week, I wouldn’t be surprised if TV was the top pastime.
If this is you by the end of the week you’ve spend 35 hours sitting on the couch. That’s nearly another full time job.
Shave a couple hours off to focus on your desires and goals instead of flicking through the channels. You already know there’s nothing to watch, even with all those channels.
2. Cut down on social media
Another modern time killer. It’s completely counterproductive.
Sure it’s cool flip through Instagram for a few minutes, looking at the pretty pictures, but you shouldn’t be spending hours on that or Facebook.
You have to admit there’s a better way to spend your time other than reading about what people you barely know are doing or finding the perfect filter and hashtags for the photo of your delicious desert.
3. Stop committing to your inbox
Put a time limit on how much time you spend in your inbox. And even how many times you check it a day.
4. Early bird, get the worm
When I was younger I used to wake up around 10 am, then lounge around. I really wouldn’t get going with my day until about 1pm. So if I had a lot of things to do that day, it would be a challenge getting them all done.
It’s amazing how much more time you have when you wake up at a reasonable hour.
5. By pass the mall
People go shopping just to kill time. Most of the time there is no specific need.
You could probably use something but if you don’t need it, don’t bother. Taking the time to go and buy something that you don’t need or end up using, it not just a waste of time but also money.
And if your goals require some cashola, you’ll be kicking yourself later.
6. Stop reading
I know it sounds crazy, especially coming from a writer. But just continue reading this…
Reading several newspapers reporting on the same issues and pointless magazines isn’t getting you any closer to your goals. You should definitely continue or start to read things that are inspirational and help you figure out what you want and need to do.
Read more of that, in fact. It could spark great ideas for you.
7. Cut out the video games
This can be an incredible distraction because it’s no longer just on PlayStation and Xbox. It’s on your phone now too.
Farmville, Candy Crush and the Kim Kardashian game are not the best ways to spend your free time. I used to stay up late playing The Sims, building up the house and controlling all the characters. All for what? Nothing, cause all I really accomplished was making myself tired midday.
If you have a few minutes, or hours, for games, you should realize that you could be using that time to get much closer to your goals.
These are just a few ways you can find some more free time. Depending on your lifestyle and activities there could be a few more things you can do to get things under control.
But this will get you started in carving out a good chunk of time to focus on making things happen.
Considering what we just talked about, what do you noticed that you spend a lot of unnecessary time on?
What would you do with an extra hour each day?