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We Always Have Just Enough Time

August 30, 2019

By Tami VanHoy

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We Always Have Just Enough Time

“I really want to make this happen, but I just don’t have enough time,”
-said a successful person – never!
And yet, its used as an excuse over and over in the lives of busy people. Yes, an excuse. Reality is, if we really do or really want to, theres always a way. The key is being sure we are clear about what we really want before our time is used up by the things other people really wanted.

Happy Wandering
When used with purpose, our calendar reflects what we ‘really’ want to accomplish. It’s where we decide what and when to give time to, to make things happen. That said, if we don't approach our calendar with intentional decision making, it might not be a true reflection of our priorities. Knowing our priorities empowers us to say yes to the best things and no to all the rest.
 

The opposite of prioritizing is what I call 
'happy wandering'.
And 'happy wandering' leads to
burnout and exhaustion!


 

The 'happy wanderers' feel great about themselves -
until they don't! 

 

As a ‘happy wanderer,’ we feel good every time we say yes to a requested use of our time, until our days are so overloaded with ‘stuff’ we run out of time to do the things that actually bring us joy and refuel us with purpose-driven energy. 

Stop the Wandering - A Simple Process
When we ‘really’ want to stop the wandering and start getting results on purpose, it can be as simple as setting up a weekly process.

Start each day and/or week by prioritizing the most important things you want to accomplish.

  • • What do you need to do this week to reach a goal
  • • What goals are most important to you at this time?
As you begin to fill in and/or evaluate your calendar, ask some questions that will keep you focused on the priority path and off the wandering paths. Questions like...

  • • Is this something that I can/want/need to do right now to move me forward toward a goal?

  • • How important is it that I make this happen this day/week?
  • If I don’t do this now, will I miss a valuable opportunity?

  • • Can this wait a day/week and still be a valuable opportunity later?

  • • Is this something that can or should be done by someone else?

  • • Did I say yes to this out of guilt but it can and should be given back to the original owner?

There are a lot of questions you can ask yourself to evaluate the best use of your time, but the best one of all is this...

 

By saying yes to this time commitment, am I saying no to one or all of my priority purposes? 

Own your answer and the decisions you make after that.

Do Something On Purpose Today...
• Take a look at your calendar and give it a ‘priority’ evaluation.
 
  • • Put some priority order to your time commitments (aka – what you are saying ‘yes’ to) based on the evaluation.
 
 

About Tami

Tami VanHoy, Director of Field Development at pawTree LLC, is passionate about helping people live ON PURPOSE. As a certified Life/Purpose Coach, she walks with people to sift through the excuses, define that purposeful path, and live it out – on purpose! You can find more from Tami here at livingonpurposeeveryday.com
 
Tami is loved by her husband, 4 children, and 5 grandchildren (so far!). When at home, you’ll often find her Shih Tzu, Muffin, snuggled up in her lap while she writes.