When you consider some of the great writing, poetry and music which was created in seaming tougher times it does make you wonder how people can saw they too busy now. Too busy to write, to eat properly, to make music, to exercise, to talk to each other. How is it that in times when the effort required to accomplish the basics of life took so much longer some incredible work was done? At a time when people still had to fetch water daily, they found time to create.
Why then do we think we need more time? More than 24 hours to each day? Time management they say, work smarter, not harder they cry! But maybe the problem is not time but too much to do. So why do we have too much to do? Because we can’t tell the difference between what we have to do, what we feel we should be doing, and what we want to do. We’re an unguided rocket of busyness lurching from the latest & loudest issue to the next sparkly thing to grab our attention. While all the time worrying about what we’re not doing. What ball are we going to drop next and where will the next time consuming ’emergency’ come from?
You don’t need more time, you need more focus.
Here’s the thing; if you’ve never stopped to work out what it is you’re trying to achieve each day, what you want the cumulative results of your daily actions to be, then how are you supposed to use wisely and effectively your most finite resource: your time. It’s not that you have too much to do, the odds are you’re trying to do too much. You have no idea if you’re doing the ‘right’ things. Even more importantly, the things you’re completing, are they the things that will get you to where you want to be? And even more important, do you know what the destination looks like? Have you thought about the life you want to lead? It’s shape, it’s feel. How you spend your time on this earth, this one and only chance you’ll get to live your life. What could be more important than understanding how you want to live?
In order to focus appropriately, you need to find out what to focus on. Who are you, what sort of life do you want, what do you need to do to get there? Sounds simple, but it’s a life’s work of daily actions.