Have you ever felt that there’s just not enough time in the day? Most often, when we feel we’ve run out of time for projects or pursuits, the reason is that we’ve invested a lot of time lost in limbo.
The good news? Feeling you are running out of time is actually a fear-fueled illusion. Fortunately, time is not a scarce resource. That’s right: time is not scarce. We have all the time we need for the things that matter. Our sole responsibility in each moment is to discern, using intuition and reason, what matters most right now, to focus, and to follow through.
When you’re supremely clear about your goals and priorities—where you’re going and what you want to accomplish—you don’t “waste” time. Decisions are easy to make, actions are easy to take, and you get a lot accomplished in a short period of time with little sense of effort. No force, only flow.
Here are three simple steps for eliminating the experience of feeling you are running out of time.
- Plan your work. Take a few moments to determine where you’re going and how you plan to get there. You don’t have to know all the steps or details; just write down the basic outline as you can see it and the first few baby steps to move you in the right direction.
- Gather your resources. Get your tools in order so you don’t have to stop once you begin because you are missing something important. What do you need to do this job right? Provide easy access to all of the essential resources.
- Set a time and work your plan. Give yourself a timeline. How long will you work on your project? Then follow your outline step-by-step and focus only on the task at hand. Do not check email, answer the phone or have a conversation with a friend. If you get lost or distracted, come back to your outline and see what’s next.
Before long you will have a finished your project and have plenty of time to celebrate your accomplishments and renew and empower your body, mind, heart and soul with rest, reflection and play to provide the optimal fuel to continue building the life you dream of.