I Didn’t Have Time to Write This
My to-do list isn’t complete. I have several dozen commission requests to respond to. I have 7 active projects, 1 due tomorrow, another on Monday. There are proposals to write, invoices to send, taxes to file, expenses to log, bills to pay, orders to be packed and shipped. There are customer support cases that need to be addressed and my desk certainly isn’t getting any cleaner. The car needs an oil change, and I really need to order more office supplies and packing material. Speaking of products, it’s important that I talk to one of my manufacturers soon if I want to get going on the next production run to be launched in a couple months.
Why am I sharing all of this? The point is that the list never ends. I want you to know that you’re not unique in your state of being overwhelmed. I also want you to know that you’re not special in being able to legitimately use it as an excuse for not being able to do something.
If we’re really honest with ourselves, we actually do have time. Exactly 24 hours a day to be precise. Every single one of us has it, and we all have an equal amount.
We all have enough time, it’s focus that we’re usually short on. Focus enables you to make time.
— Sean McCabe (@seanwes) January 22, 2013
It comes down to sacrifice. “I wish I could play guitar like him. If only I had the time.” Well, what are you giving up to make that happen? There is always something waiting to fill your time. If it’s not one of the many productive tasks you need to do, it’s time suckers like mindless consumption of TV Shows, Facebook, Reddit, Netflix, the list goes on.
What are you not doing to make something more important possible?
I didn’t have time to write this blog post. I made time. There were things I didn’t do so I could chronicle these thoughts. Just like with everything in life that’s worth accomplishing, sacrifice and focus are required. Your life will only ever continue to increase in complication. If you’re waiting for free time to magically reveal itself, you’re waiting for a ship that will never sail. It doesn’t work like that for anyone. Especially those who do work you admire.
Those who are doing awesome things aren’t blessed with 25 hours in a day. They sacrifice. They make time.