One of the biggest complaints I hear when it comes to adding adventure to someone’s life or chasing after someone’s dream is that they don’t have time. They feel like they don’t have enough time to enjoy dinner let alone be adventurous or entertain the thought of their dream job.
Work takes too much of our time.
Travel to and from point A to point B seemingly takes forever.
Family, as much as we love them, sometimes can be overwhelming.
By the time we breathe, it’s already 11 P.M. and we’re too tired to do anything and the worst part is the cycle repeats itself.
How do we make time for ourselves and our dreams?
1. Take a Moment.
Step away from the screaming kids, the beckoning phone call, the endless to-do list. I’m not asking for an hour, I’m asking for you to take a step back for 10 minutes. Close the door if you have to or hide underneath your desk at work.
These next 10 minutes are crucial. Take our your phone or a piece of paper and begin to write:
What you wish you had time for.
This is important because in order for us to move forward with our adventures we have to know what we are working towards.
Secondly, write down how you are currently spending your time. If your day is all one big blur because you can’t remember anything, your homework for the next few days is to keep a detailed diary of your day’s events. You can even download an app like ATracker and record every minute of every day. This will allow you to truly see how you are spending your time.
The key point is, what is the majority of your time being spent on?
2. What Can You Let Go?
This is one of the most difficult steps of find more time, because if you’re like me you don’t like to let things go. I have a problem of thinking no one can do my job but me. I buy into that lie that delegation won’t work because the work won’t be up to par. You know what?
You’re probably right.
Maybe your 13-year-old can’t mow the lawn as well as you can or that intern isn’t quite capable of making the perfect copy of a TPS report. It’s OK. Let go of the things that are flexible. Think about it like this, you’re giving others the opportunities to get as good as you are. You are stretching them and their capabilities.
Maybe you don’t have the availability to pawn some of your work off onto family or other co-workers, have you ever thought about hiring out? Calculate your hourly rate and see if it’s cheaper to get someone else to do the job. How much is your time worth to you?
This is probably the toughest thing to do. Try to set a time on your calendar as a “meeting.” This is a non-negotiable meeting that has to take place every week. You tell coworkers you can’t go out right now because you have an important meeting. Tell your kids that they have an hour of Netflix while you go to the in home office. Make it mandatory, because if you don’t know one else will. The urgent things scream and the important things whisper. Say NO to everyone but say YES to you.
Rapid Fire on Eliminating Distractions
- -Close the door. Make it known that you are not to be disturbed.
- Put your phone on do not disturb for an hour. There’s voicemail for a reason.
- Check your email once in the morning and once in the afternoon. That’s it.
- Break projects into segments. It’s easier to accomplish one little thing then it is the entire project.
- Rest. This is so vital to your happiness and productivity. In order to full chase after that grand adventure of yours, you need to sleep and rest.
- Don’t be a worrywart. Surround yourself with people who challenge you and lift you up. You need people who believe in you while you go the distance.
So what are some other ways to help create time in your schedule to actually work on your dreams? Sound off below![/x_text][/x_column][/x_row][/x_section]