The number one barrier I hear from folks considering significant change in their lives is time. They say they don’t have enough time to focus on their new goals. They are too “busy.” I put the quotes there because I feel that in many cases, this “busy barrier” is really just an excuse arising from some limiting belief that they couldn’t possibly make a big change. Well, I am here to tell you that is BS. While I too used to use the “no time” excuse, over time I have come to terms with just how much of a cop-out that is.
Do the math
There are 24 hours in the day, 365 days in a year. That’s 8,760 hours. Sleep is important so, factoring in 8 hours of sleep per night, you have 5,840 waking hours. What are you spending you 5,840 hours on? I work a full time gig (2,300 hours). Even after that I have 3,540 hours. If you figure you spend a few of hours each night after your full time gig hanging with family (780 hours), you still have 2,760 hours left. I work out every day so back out another 365 hours and you are left with 2,395 hours. That’s more hours left than you spend at your full-time job! Yes, you’ll want to factor in other important time commitments but, I hope you see my point. To make significant change in your life, it may only take focused effort for a few hours a week.
Be real with yourself
How many hours a day to you spend watching TV, flipping through social media or chit-chatting around the office. I get that you really love that new HBO series but, if I told you the key to changing your life is skipping the latest episode of “Westworld”, what would you do?
Eliminate non-essential time commitments
There are things you spend your time on that are essential to creating the vision you have for your life and there are things that just aren’t. Eliminating that TV show or surfing the net will get you back a few hours of focus. Make a list of all the things you spent your time on this week. How many of those things are truly essential to achieving your goals. Which can you eliminate or simplify?
The next time you find yourself talking about how little time you have, run through the above exercise and get your life back.