5 ways to do more in less time
I am well associated with people who do not have time to do anything. Some excuses are reasonable (“I have five kids”), others less so (“I want to sleep in”). The latter may have lives that are well intentioned, yet poorly planned. But the business of life will swiftly teach that unless you are proactive, you will always be chasing tomorrow’s tail.
“Not having enough time” is an abused statement.
Just like “I’ll pray about it” is often abused when people are asked for assistance. We have more time than we think, but we often waste it on secondary priorities. In that case, you’re busy not for lack of time, but for lack of prioritizing. Has the thought occurred to you that you may live in an unmanageable schedule because you overpacked for the trip? If I am overwhelmed, it’s not my calendar that’s to blame, but my tendency to prioritize whatever comes up in the moment,* instead of what I planned for last week, because, well, I never planned anything last week, so I am at the whims of emergency. No one is to blame but me. I am not the victim. Nor are you.
You have the same 24 hours as the President of the United States, and he’s much more busy than you.
“Yeah, but he’s the president; he has resources, manpower, money, etc.”
Exactly. He gets pushed into a corner everyday, and has to figure out how to get his job done. He can’t pretend to be victimized, because there’s no one higher up the chain of command that will listen. He has an unbearable load of obligation that forces him to be tenacious, willing to carve up his day planner, and when necessary, to make sacrifices. And if he can do it, you can too. You can start by asking a few questions of yourself…
- what are the five most important things you need to get done this week?
- can you reschedule around these main priorities?
- can you delegate some of your obligations to other people?
- what can you put off until next week to attend to your five priorities today?
- what meaningless activities can you drop to free up more time for what counts? (sleep, video games, T.V., etc.)