Do you often find yourself saying those five dreadful words ’I don’t have time to…’ (insert own issue here)
We all have the same number of hours in the week – 168. That’s it. All of us get exactly the same. No more, no less. So why is it then that some people achieve huge things in that time and some people don’t?
Did you know that the difference between what we say is important to us and what is really important comes in the way we prioritise our time? We can say that something is important to us but we show what is really important by the way we behave.
It is true that for most of us we would need a lot more than 168 hours to do all of the things we think we might want to do. So what do we do when there are so many things we could do but a limited amount of time?
We must prioritise.
1) There isn’t enough time to do it all, so work on the important things first. Once those are done, you can think about what other things you might like to do in the time that is left.
2) Use your head, not your heart. We usually don’t feel like doing difficult tasks (note that these are often the ones that fall under the ‘most important’ category) So it’s important that you don’t rely on how you feel to determine what you will do next. You may never actually get the important things started. I encourage the use of lists to begin this process.
3) Make sure you break larger tasks into their smaller components and tackle each thing at a time in order. This will prevent you getting overwhelmed and giving up before you have even begun.
4) Start as soon as you can, don’t wait until you feel in the mood. Trust me when I tell you that we are very rarely in the mood to get the important things completed. Get started anyway and create a positive momentum through your actions.
Did you know that membership in the Clutter Free Life community gives you access to the Lifewrangling Planner, a great way to identify your important tasks, prioritise the order in which you will complete them and schedule a time to get them done? Find out more here.