“I don’t have enough time” is a common complaint we make ourselves or hear from others. We all have the same amount of time in a day, so why is it that some people seem to accomplish more than others? Time slips away, without us really noticing it. Then we reach a certain age, or get sick, and really wonder where it went…
Craig Jarrow, author of a popular blog Time Management Ninja tackles this question in his article ‘7 Reasons Why You Are Time Poor’.
Jarrow believes the only difference is how people choose to spend their time, and that there are seven common reasons why people struggle to accomplish things in a timely manner. These are;
1. You don’t say no
2. You don’t know your obligations
3. You have too much life friction
4. You lolly-gag (time waste)
5. You don’t put your priorities first
6. You try to do everything yourself
7. You don’t finish things
I wrote recently about saying ‘No’, and using the “Too Busy Basket” to ensure you have the time to complete the things you want to achieve, and using your time to reach your goals, not those of others. It is really important to stay focussed on your own goals, and this is especially so if you are a giving person, and want to help others.
Time is free, but it is also priceless, and once gone, you will never get it back. Don’t waste your time on the things that don’t matter to you. This concept is not selfish at all, for example, if it is important to volunteer for a cause you are passionate, then it not only helps them, but you are achieving your own goal. But don’t say yes to everything, just because you can, or someone else expects you to!