Finding Time For Your Goals

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Finding... or Making?


Let me begin by saying that I may have enticed you here under false pretenses. But had I entitled this post "Making Time for Your Goals", you might not have come at all. Yet the difference between the the words 'find' and 'make' is the problem!

Everyone is very comfortable saying that they can't 'find the time' to do something. In fact this is one of the most common I CAN'T... negations of all. Have you ever heard anyone say, "I can't make the time for...."? Doubtful, and the main reason is because the second expression is usually a lie, whereas the first expression is so commonly used that we believe it to be true.

In reality, you will never find time because you already have all that there is. It's not hiding from you. It only appears lost because of your chosen focus. The real truth is this: If you want something badly enough, you can and will make the time for it. Making time implies that you take the 24 hours a day that everyone is given, and rearrange your daily tasks so that those goals which are most important to you have more priority.

You will never find the time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Charles Buxton

Some people may argue that their days are currently full with tasks and responsibilities that cannot be changed. If you feel this way, you should probably take a closer look at what is consuming your life.

The 80-20 Rule

The 80-20 rule states that 20% of what we do will return 80% value. Turned around, this means that 80% of what we do every day returns 20% of the daily value we gain. So if you have 10 items on a to-do list, 2 of them will likely return 80% of the results. Unfortunately, most of us end up working on the 8 tasks that return just 20%.

A simple tool called the Impact versus Effort matrix can help us decide where and how we could better spend our time. The chart speaks for itself. Just focus your daily priorities on Numbers 1 and 2.

Making time for your goals

If you're really serious about achieving your goals, then you must schedule time daily to work on them. Each day has 1440 minutes. Start by allocating just 1% (14 minutes) each day. If you still don't think you can make the time, set your alarm clock and start each day 14 minutes earlier.

After a couple of weeks you will know if this goal is still important to you. If it is, you can revisit your other priorities and decide which ones you can cut back on (or even eliminate) in order to spend more time working on what's most important to you.

And stop using TIME naffirmations!

This should be obvious, but as I said earlier, the most frequently used I can't... naffirmation is used in conjunction with Time. As long as you keep saying 'I can't find the time', you will never find it. As long as you keep affirming you 'don't have the time', you will attract this very reality into your life!

Affirm:  I always make time for the things I want in life.



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