A giant thing I notice people feeling out of control about, is time. Most people are running around like crazy trying to get “all of the things” accomplished and then wonder where the hours of the days go.
We think about the projects, the ideas, and the adventures we are unable to have and do because there isn’t enough time in the day to get to them.
I have good news. For the most part, it is our fault. AND, for the most part, we can fix it! We can change this dynamic and GET BACK THAT TIME!
The best way to save time... not sure if you are ready for this... Do less things! I know. It’s too simple. But when going back to how the project came to be an idea, it really needs to be put into question. Does this thing Really Need to be done? Especially if it has been on the list for a while, untouched.
To objectively think about this, take the time to answer a few questions.
· Why do you need this thing/ need this thing to be done? Is it a need or a want?
· Is it really going to add value to your life? Be Honest.
· Is this truly something that you will use or something that would just be really nice if…?
· Where else can I get the benefit of what I want from "this thing".
Dig deep and challenge yourself with these questions.
For example, Mary saw a photo on Pinterest of a beautiful back yard and really wanted a beautiful outdoor backyard patio of her own with seating, a grill, picnic table, fire pit and raised garden. It had been on her list for years. In the meantime, she can barely find time for her other “to-do’s”. When she challenged herself to answer the above questions, she realized that she lives 3 blocks from the park that has picnic tables, and grills. She also thought it is probably better for her family to get out of the house, take a walk, be social. The other thing that struck her was that when she was honest with herself, she probably will only use the grill five or 6 times a year. Not worth the investment, in time, money or stress.
It was hard for Mary to let it go, but once she did, she felt a huge weight had been taken off of her, and she threw coats on the kids and they all headed to the park!
We are all looking for more time and taking something off the list is the easiest way to do it. I didn’t say it would be easy, but I will say it will be worth it. Just because it was important to us in one moment, does not mean we have to commit to it.
This doesn’t just apply to home projects, it applies to lots of things. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog. I will run through some other examples that apply to professional work settings, small businesses as well. Also if you decide you NEED this thing that has been sitting on your list, I want to share some ideas on how to make it easier on you.