I don’t have time, you don’t have time, it’s really just an excuse we give ourselves when all we have is time.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about time, how it can feel like you don’t have enough of it to complete everything you want to get done each day. I’ve been getting up at 4:30am every weekday to try and become more productive and ultimately get more done. It’s working, I’m smashing daily targets by 7:30am before we leave for school and the rest of my day is becoming much less stressful because I already have those extra few productive hours in the bag.
I speak with a lot of bloggers and other creatives and the most regular excuse for people not doing what they want or doing things how they want or starting that thing they want to start, is time.
‘I don’t have time’.
The majority of creatives I speak with are parents so understandably time is the easy go to reason for not doing whatever it is they’ve wanted to do. I get it, I’ve used this excuse before and life does get so busy that running out of hours in a day is definitely the reason shit doesn’t get done.
Now I plan to switch up your mindset and alter your thinking…
How old are you? I’m 32 so let’s go with me as the example. Let’s say we’re going to live into our 90’s, which is increasingly likely given medicine of today and the knowledge we have about our health etc and obviously assuming nothing dreadful hits us. I have another TWO lifetimes left! The entire 32 years I’ve already lived I get to do all over again TWICE!
AND what’s even better is that I won’t waste 25 of them being a child and growing up. I have another 60 odd years to go! I’m probably going to need a couple of knee replacements and a daily back rub but isn’t that mind-blowing?! The fact we have lifetimes left, not a daily back rub!
I think when we say, think and believe we don’t have time, what we actually mean is that we don’t have patience. We have time, loads of it, it just depends how quickly we want the end goal to whatever it is we’re saying we don’t have time for.
Talking from a content creators point of view as that’s what I am and many of you will be too, usually the goal is to grow your audience, social figures and income. The hundreds of tasks required to do this take up a lot of time and it’s easy to think we don’t have time for it all, however if you’re playing the long game and practice patience then time becomes less irrelevant.
You don’t have time to post natively to Facebook on top of tweeting, Instagram and writing a blog. If you utilise your actual time and alter your mindset to know you’re in the long game, you will have plenty of time. Because we want to hit this target and that target and get all 789 ideas into action by the end of the week, we often fail and use time as an excuse.
What’s the rush?
People are starting businesses, brands, blogs etc every minute of every day and I witness so many people wanting results almost immediately. How do I get brand collabs, how do I earn money through blogging, etc etc. Many then give up after 3 months and usually using the excuse of ‘I just haven’t found the time’ or something similar. Really what’s happened is that you wanted results quickly and they didn’t happen because you didn’t deploy patience to do the required work to get the rewards which are often much further down the line than you want.
There’s nothing but time, it’s patience we need to think about.
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