I Don’t have Time…

I don’t know how many times I hear ‘I don’t have time’, ‘I can’t find the time’ or ‘I wish I had time to do that’. As if I have some magical abilities to find more time than you! Let me tell you now. I don’t. I don’t have any more time than anyone else. And do you want to know something else? Neither did Albert Einstein. Neither did Monet. Neither does Richard Branson. Unless there is something I don’t know, as far as I understand, they all had the same amount of time as anyone else. 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 365 days in a year. So, why is it that some people have time and others don’t? When we say ‘I couldn’t find the time’, does that mean you lost it? Where did it go? Here are some ways to find it. It might be closer than you think.

  1. Change your beliefs. This is a big one. Instead of thinking ‘I don’t have time’, simply start telling yourself ‘I have all the time in the world’. ‘I WILL find a way’. ‘There is ALWAYS a way’. Even if you don’t believe it, just start saying it to yourself. Start wanting to believe it. After all, who wouldn’t want these beliefs to be true?
  2. Move. Just do something. Motivation will not just turn up while you are sitting on the couch eating cookies (believe me, I know. I waited for quite some time…). You will be amazed at what will happen if you just move. The motivation and everything else you are looking for will appear as if by magic.
  3. Ask yourself why. For what purpose do you want to find the time to do this? If you wrote that bestselling book, what would it give you? If you worked out at the gym three times a week, what would that mean to you? How important is it really? Connect it with a higher purpose or value. Doing this will make you realise how important it is, and before you know it you will be out the door and on your way. Maybe it’s not as important as what you thought it was. In that case, it’s time to decide what is. Either way, this is a good exercise to do.
  4. Prioritise. What are you choosing to do instead? Is there something else you can give up in favour of what you want to find time to do? Have a look at what you are doing and see if you can carve out some time. How much time are you watching TV? Checking Facebook? There must be something you are doing that is of lower value that can be de-prioritised. Make a decision. Choose you.
  5. Focus. What you focus on is what you get. Choose to focus on this task more. Think about it more. Visualise yourself doing it more even when you’re not. Tell people you are doing it and how much you love it. Start identifying with it. ‘I am a writer/runner/racing car driver’. You get the idea.

What would you like to do more of? Go ahead and find the time. It’s there.