I’ve noticed that every time the next big, important thing comes up, I always, always have time for it. A big project, an exciting opportunity…I’m there – and I’m sure you are too.
But wait a minute. Where did that time come from? Weren’t you flat out before someone handed you the plum project just waiting for someone to swoop in and save the day? Sure, you can work a little harder for a little while, but if this keeps happening time and again, you must be making bigger shifts.
Which must mean that there’s always space for something new if it’s important enough.
And this begs the question: what do I do with my time when I’m not stretching on the next big opportunity?
Put another way: “If I had all the time in the world and I really wanted to reach my goals, what I’d really give more time to is _________.”
How do you fill in that blank? And if the thing is so important, don’t you think you can find the time?
Here’s something I’ve been playing with: scheduling two 2-hour blocks on my calendar every week for the really-important-stuff-that-I-really-should-do-more of.* It’s probably not enough, but it’s a start.
This is about making your own time for your own most important stuff, because no one’s going to do that for you. You don’t need permission or someone else making a deadline for you. And you just discovered that you can make the time.
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*(I’m serious about the scheduling bit. I just started doing it. It makes a huge difference)