There are two things you need in order to enjoy your life; time and money. Money has no limits, only the limits you place upon it. But time is the same for all… no one has any more time, and no one has less time.
The key is how you use it.
Because time doesn’t care about money.
I used to believe that money created more time for those that had it. You can pay for a cleaner, maid, gardener, which would just give you back more time. Oh, how naïve I was.
Having the ability to pay for a cleaner tends to mean that you have different pressing matters that take up your time. We all have stresses, and we all have things that we have to do.
The distinction between those that seem to have more time, generally really successful people, and those that seem to have no time, is purely down to management.
Successful people manage their time while unsuccessful people don’t.
You will never get more time; you have just got to find it. This is far simpler to say than to do because it tends to mean we have to be strict with ourselves and live our lives within time constraints.
Those that tend to call themselves free spirits also tend to be the people that say they have no time to invest. Because they are either jumping from one mess to another or lack the concentration to do a task correctly and therefore timely.
Free spirits will do things when they feel right. If you’ve read any of my past posts, you will understand that this will never happen because if it doesn’t feel right now, it is probably out of your comfort zone.
The subconscious mind, being the brilliance that it is, can’t know the outcome of something you’ve never done before. It doesn’t like these situations where it can’t foresee the consequences. So, it will protect (fight) you at every turn.
By making it not feel right. It’s going to send you messages to your gut that feels a bit like anxiety; it’s going to remind you of a conversation you overheard years ago about someone you never knew who may or may not have died from whatever it is that you are trying to do.
Your mind works to protect you based on your beliefs (which were programmed in you as a child) and it’s evolved state. Which basically hasn’t evolved much past hunter gatherer. Your mind still half expects you to get eaten by a tiger at any moment.
So it’s going to make you feel bad about wanting to invest. If you say that you will invest when it feels right… you never will. Because you can’t, it will never feel right until you have already taken the first steps and had some feedback for your mind to work with.
If you say that you will invest when you have time, then your mind will just keep you busy, because it thinks it’s doing the right thing to keep you safe.
Managing Your Time
Set aside time to do some research but be strict, only spend 90 minutes doing your research. Find some thing you like and dip in your toe. This will give you confidence to invest more in the future as your comfort zone will be expanded.
This can actually be easier than you think as on average we all waste at least 90 mins a day on distractions of one kind or another.
You need to write down when you will be doing the research, tell your family, friends , or colleagues not to disturb you with anything during this time. And tell yourself that you have to make a decision at the end of the 90 minutes.
This will push you to make better use of your time, because given more time we will all take it. At school when I was given homework it didn’t matter how long I was given it was always done the night before it was due.
Even if I had been given a month. I never thought of it at the time but looking back now I can see that it got me extremely focused on the task at hand. And quite often it was still in the top of the class.
There is obviously a lot more to time management than just those 4 things:
- Specify a time limit
- Write it down making it real
- Tell others
- Stick to the time limit strictly
But if you want to remove that excuse “I don’t have time to Invest” from holding you back just follow those steps.
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