If I had to take a poll of the top 5 excuses used, I'm positive that "TIME" would be at the top of the list. “I don’t have time,” it irks my nerves every time it comes out of someone’s mouth. Ok, even though I can't stand it, I can't lie to you either. The time bug has caught me a couple times......scratch that ALOT of times.
When you are ambitious, others can see your potential even if you don’t see it within yourself. I first began writing small articles here and there about health and personal development; I would send them out to a couple family members and friends just to see their thoughts. At the time, it was just something to do and ideas that I needed to get out of my head.
It was my outlet.... nothing major.
Everyone would respond with "Jas you should really start a blog." A blog? Giiiiirl bye, don't you know that I'm working two jobs, 7 days a week most of the time, and you want me to start a blog? Bruh, I DON'T HAVE TIME!
Or did I?
In order to cultivate a change that is planted in our heads, we must first rid ourselves of this excuse. If it is not moved out of the way it will continue to shackle us to our limitations.
Since I was "busy" I had to take a look at how I was utilizing my time. How was I really spending my day versus how I thought I was spending it? What was I doing with my free time? Every hour, minute, second was taken into consideration; after all it does add up.
Here was my schedule:
6:30 am: Wake up and watch Living Single
7:15 am: Finally get out of bed and get ready for work
7:45 am: Rush out the door
8 am – 5 pm: Work, 1 hr lunch w/coworkers, social media during down time, spreading my work throughout the day to give me something to do...
5:30 pm – 9 pm: Work part time job (talking and social media during down time)
9:30 pm – 11ish: Eat and watch TV before bed
After I laid everything out, I came to one conclusion. It may seemed as if I was busy but I was wasting A LOT of time! See here is the kicker about time; there are no extensions, exceptions, or rollover minutes; you have 24 hours and it's all up to you what you do with it.
For a week notate what you are doing with your time? Where are you spending most of your time?
Move and Shake
After I took a look at my schedule; I then thought about what I wanted to accomplish. By taking a look at my schedule was it a reflection of that? Nope, not at all.
How would I be able to fix this?
I broke my goals down to see what my focus should be and what changes needed to take place. The three areas that I decided to concentrate on were:
3) personal aspirations.
This is where the moving and shaking took place. I noticed that I was watching way too much TV (....never missed a beat) and excessive time attached to my phone. Those things were not assisting me to become closer to my goals; so I cut them out.
This was done by getting rid of my cable (never thought I would see the day) and went on a social media fast (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat...DEUCES).
With my distractions out of the way, I thought about how I was going to use this newfound time. In short, how was I going to organize my tasks to become efficient, and at what times of the day was my focus at its peak. Then the schedule makeover happened:
6 am: Wake up and workout
6:45 am: Get ready for work
7 am - 7:15 am: Cook breakfast (instead of buying breakfast.....save $$$)
7:30 am: Read morning scripture, then head to work
8 am – 5 pm: Work (knockout task and then take on additional responsibility; write during lunch break, read once done with everything)
5:30 pm – 9 pm: Work Part Time Job (In downtime read, create outlines, research and brainstorm article ideas)
9:30 pm: Eat, and prepare things for the morning
10:15 pm: Counting zzz's
My productivity went through the roof, and task were being crushed weekly. Create a plan to make things happen instead of dwelling on the excuse that you don't have time. How can you make slight changes in your schedule to become productive?
Once your new schedule has been created, it will take some discipline to follow through with it. By doing it over and over again, your body will begin to develop a habit without giving it a second thought. The things that you are able to achieve by switching up your routine becomes mind blowing, and once you begin crushing goals..... you can make new ones.
As the saying goes; you find time for the things you want to do. The excuse of time is just another fear covered up in a cheap Halloween mask. Don't let the thought of not having enough time keep you from living out your dreams. Perfect timing is just a myth! We ALL have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé; what will you do with yours?