Have you or someone else you know say, “I don’t have time (for such and such, or so and so).” This excuse has been very common, especially in the 21st century, when there is time for everything these days. It's part of human nature to take part in activities that make us feel good and stay comfortable while not going through any pain. I think each one of us agrees that we don’t want to do things that make us feel bad or bring hardship.
There is Time For Everything
Up until last year, I had a mindset that revolved around the “I don’t have time” excuse. I was not someone who wanted to make sacrifices in the short term. Instead of working on a side hustle or gig, I preferred to relax and catch up on my favorite tv shows. At the same time, I had a full-time job that involved working long days; therefore, I had a good excuse to say, “Meh, I don’t have time for that.”
Reflecting over the last couple of years, I regret living somewhat of a mediocre lifestyle. I realized that my time might have been spent on things such as improving my skill set, which also means increasing my wealth. Within the last year, I’ve made my health and wealth top priorities. I continue to commit to them and will do the next decade or two.
There are simple things you can do to avoid the “I don’t have time” excuse. Some of them have benefitted my daily routine and saved time each day. These include:
1.) Prioritizing of your tasks
2.) Cutting back on electronics and media
3.) Treat your work the same as personal hygiene
A time for everything: Prioritizing your tasks
I’ve made prioritization a daily practice when it comes to getting the most important things done. It helps me stay focused during my peak periods. More so, it gets me closer to accomplishing my long-term goals. I write out to-do lists, but I challenge myself to make my to-dos specific. If they sound vague and unclear, I know I won’t take meaningful action.
When it comes to writing out to-do lists, I always ask myself: What are three (minimum) things I need to get done today? What will I do today that’ll get me one step closer to my desired outcomes? Whether you want to achieve those outcomes within the next 1-10 years down the road, starting on it today is the right path forward.
Cut back on electronics and media
Unfortunately, cell phone addiction and increased social media usage have been disturbing trends. I’ve read that the average person checks their phone 110 times a day (the more addicted ones may check it around 900 times/day). When I hear people say the “I don’t have time” excuse, they may be spending a lot of time on their smartphones and social media. It may be unintentional, but they don’t realize how much time they spent on these activities.
It is vital to cut back using a smartphone. The same goes for the time spent on social media since a lot of people mindlessly scroll through their social media posts. So being mindful along with some self-discipline can come a long way. If you keep this it between low-moderate usage, there’s no making the “I don’t have time” excuse necessary.
For myself, I keep my electronic usage to moderate levels. There are some days I use it more often, but usually, it’s for business purposes. Even I use social media strictly for work, instead of treating them as typical hang-out spots. In regards to helping me save more time, I haven’t watched TV in over a year now. With exceptions to documentaries or short videos on Youtube, I’ve given up on watching tv shows as a regular habit. It was hard at first, but I’ve found myself having more time than ever!
Treat work the same as personal hygiene
Something I’ve reflected in the past several months is comparing my hygiene habits to work. So if you tell me you don’t have time for that side hustle, does that mean you don’t have time to floss and brush your teeth? Does it also mean you don’t have time to take a bath, a shower, or shave? When I think of personal hygiene, these are all basic things we do regularly. I’ve learned to challenge myself to think of personal care the same way with my business ventures.
When it comes to personal hygiene, they don’t require much time and effort. So when it comes to working on a side hustle, it’s not much different. Or even writing a content post, it doesn’t hurt to set aside 30-60 minutes a day to work on those tasks. If you operate a full-time job while raising a family, you can set aside at least a half-hour each day to a side hustle. I'm currently working on) If a half-hour is too much, put aside 10-15 minutes every single day.
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A Time for everything: Wrap-Up
Some days, you may not be up for working on challenging tasks. Unless you’re incredibly ill or find yourself in an emergency, there are no valid reasons to make “I don’t have time” excuses. I think it’s all about prioritizing your tasks, and ultimately, what kind of lifestyle you choose to have. If you instead spend time doing things that don’t provide value to others, that’s your choice. But if you want to do something that’ll make you happy, you have to start making changes today.
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