"There aren't enough hours in the day"
"So much to do, so little time"
"I'd be so much more productive if I had more time"
"Time keeps getting away from me"
There are only 24 hours in the day, and when we don't make progress towards the goals we're striving towards, too often the biggest excuse that's given is "there just isn't enough time."
It's not time's fault that you're stuck!
It's easy to get caught up in our day to day responsibilities and then blame the lack of time as the reason why we can't get done what we REALLY want. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself if the issue really is that you don't have enough time, or is it because of something else?
Usually we make the excuse that time is holding us back from achieving our goals because there's a deeper reason behind it that's creating obstacles.
If you think that time is something that is holding you back from moving forward towards your career goals and creating challenges, check out four ways to overcome them:
1) Change the way you think about time - The way you think about time can affect your energy around how you spend your time. If you're thought pattern around time is "I never have enough time to do things I want to do," then it's going to be harder to convince yourself to do them! But if you think something more empowering like, "I'm in control of how I spend my time," or as the Rolling Stones would say, "Time is on My Side," you will be more likely to actively commit yourself to choosing more positive actions with the time you have.
2) Remind yourself of the "Why" of your goals - If you find yourself getting distracted, procrastinating, or just not taking any forward action whatsoever, it can simply mean that you've lost connection to your goals and why they are so important to you. Take time to remind yourself what you want to accomplish and WHY. If it's that important to you, you'll find the time to take action. If not, and you find yourself dragging, then you might need to consider re-evaluating your priorities and goals.
3) Become more conscious of how your spending your time - When we're caught up with daily responsibilities and finding time to "fit it all in," it's easy to set things on auto pilot and go through the motions of our day. Take time to evaluate the things you HAVE TO spend time on (i.e. eating, sleeping, going to work) vs. the things you WANT TO spend time on (i.e hobbies, personal/professional development). How important are the "have to" tasks and are there any you can minimize to make room for more of the things "want to" accomplish?
4) Don't take on more than you can handle - If you find yourself overcommitted and overworked, of course you'll become frustrated that you don't have enough time for yourself. If this sounds familiar, use it as a sign that you need to reflect on what you're saying "yes" to, and ask yourself if you can say "no" more often to things that aren't a good use of your time. Commitments can pile up quickly, so now and then remember to step back from what might be taking up unnecessary time.
Because we can't change the amount of time we're given, it's important to become more aware of how we're using it. If you have more awareness of how you spend your time, the easier it will become to make choices that use your time in a more beneficial and fulfilling way.