The common complaint seems to be:
“I don’t have enough time to do it all”
But the “I don’t have enough time to do it all” syndrome is a myth.
It’s a myth because the problem isn’t that you don’t have enough time. The problem is being unrealistic about what can be physically achieved in the time you have.
Why are you trying to do it all in the first place? If you do this, you are setting yourself up to fail before you have even started.
There is always enough time to physically do what can be done in the hours you have.
Let me explain:
If you have 2 hours to get stuff done, then you have enough time to do what can be done in 2 hours.
Quite clearly you don’t have time to do it all, as that would be totally unrealistic. And yet so many people continue to pursue trying to do more than is possible in the time they have.
And thereby lies the solution:
1. Stop trying to do it all.
2. Stop trying to do more than is possible in the time you have.
I know this can seem like a tall order. I face the same challenge myself. One of my core values is that my business has to operate around how I want to live and my most important relationships. So I am constantly trying to find creative ways to develop and operate my business.
Whenever I fall into being unrealistic about what can actually be physically done in the time I have, things become more challenging, both professionally and personally. I have to constantly remind myself that I have more than enough time to do what can be done in the time I have allotted to the different roles of life . Anything else is me being unrealistic.
How about you? Does this ring any bells with you?
Choose to drop the “I don’t have enough time to do it all” syndrome.
Choose the mantra “I have enough time to do what can be done in the time I have”
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Have a look at where you are being unrealistic about what you can physically fit into the time you have.
- Work out what is realistic for you to achieve in the time you have based on what is most important to you, your core values and your vision for how you want things to be.
- Create your goals and action plans based on point 2.
- Focus on what is most important first. That way, if you do have to drop balls it will never be the most important ones.
The point I am making is this:
The feeling of not having enough time is a choice. That feeling is avoidable if we get to grips with what is realistic in the time we have.
Busting the myth reduces feelings of stress, overwhelm and frustration. It requires a mindset shift. Give it a go.
So, what are you going to do to bust your own “I don’t have enough time” myth?