I Need More Time – and Other Lies

Do you ever sit back and wonder when life got so complicated? Society tells us we’re not good people unless we are committed to every charity and group; we are not good parents unless our kids are involved in every activity available; we aren’t good employees unless we’re connected and available to work from anywhere, at all hours of the day.

How often do you hear yourself say “I need more time”? LIE!

This is one of the most destructive thoughts I see people carrying today. Why? Because it forces us to fill our time with unnecessary things and live in a state of deprivation. It makes us demean ourselves when we don’t get it all done. It makes us think we’re failures because we can’t keep up with expectations.  We knock ourselves down because we tell ourselves that “everyone else” does it. MORE LIES!

Allow me to share a secret with you:

Think of your time as if it was the most valuable resource you have – because it is.

We spend more energy conserving paper, electricity and water than we do on conserving our own personal resource of time. This must change! The good news is: this change is easy and liberating.

The easiest way to start the change is to filter your actions. Filters keep things pure and this one is going to keep your time clean.  This is how it works:

Take your to-do list and put each action through my 2-step filter:

Filter #1: Is it worth it? Is this task worth your time, or energy or money? Will it get you any closer to your goals or satisfy a need? If the answer is yes, it clears that filter.

Filter #2: How important is it? Is this something you really need to deal with immediately, or can it wait? Can it be bundled with something else? Handle the task accordingly. Try not to get distracted by the easy but unimportant things, as they will take your attention away from the big but important ones.

Next, stop wishing (praying or begging) for more time and reserve what you have, today. You can begin to eliminate and rearrange many of your tasks by not falling prey to the pressures and by working through the filters. It feels good; I promise. Just try it.

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