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'I Don't Have Time' is Not the Real Problem

by Darius Doroux

Posted: May 28, 2021

We all have 24 hours each day, so learn how a change in perspective can help turn dreams to reality…

Do you have regrets for wasted time in the past, missed opportunies, unfilled dreams? If so, you're not alone, and we found two articles this week on Pocket (a feature on the Firefox browser) that compliment each other. If you claim you don't have enought time, Darius Foroux has some advice for you.

In a related article, "The Biggest Wastes of Time We Regret When We Get Older," Kristin Wong, writing for Lifehacker, may affirm what you already regret. Be that as it may, it may help you identify ways to prevent wasting time in the future and mentoring your own friends and family to avoid their own regrets.

Here are the highlights of Darius's article. Read the full article by following the link at the bottom of the page.

I was recently talking to one of my students who took my course on productivity and overcoming procrastination.

She mentioned that she wanted to start a blog for 10 years! But she never took any action. And she eventually wanted to give up her goal. “Maybe it’s time to move on,” she said.

I can relate to that because I wanted to write for almost a decade before I actually started. I tried several different things and even tried my hand at writing fiction. But my goals never really materialized.

This is something almost everyone I know can relate to. Maybe you want to build a business, write a book, start a podcast, create an app, build a stock portfolio, but you never actually got around to doing it. Why is that?

Sometimes we say, “I just don’t have time! I’m so busy!” But that’s not true. We can always make time for important things. The problem isn’t time, it’s something else.

I realized this when I was watching a video from Zig Ziglar, who wrote more than 30 books, and created some of the best books on sales training in history. He said:

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”

Understanding why we are stuck

When we’re stuck in life or feel that we’re unproductive, we often try to force ourselves into action. We think we need more willpower or motivation to get going.

One of my friends has been going through the same productivity pattern for as long as I know. Every now and then, he gets super inspired to change his life and start working on his goals.

He wants to do everything at the same time: Get in better shape, wake up early, meditate, change his diet, read more, and build a side-business as a freelance designer. 

Guess what happens after a few highly productive weeks? He starts off energetic, but he always comes crashing down. Depending on where he is on his up and down cycle, he’s either super excited or totally stuck, and just wasting a lot of time. 

As a result, he hasn’t made any serious progress in any area over the past several years. . . .

Where are you going? And what do you need to do to get there?

Ask yourself those two things if you always struggle with productivity and are not making serious progress in life. 

The biggest change I made in my life was when I decided to become a full-time author. When I decided to pursue that career, I instantly had a sense of direction. I finally had clarity. . . .

. . . If you want to change your life and make progress, you have to embrace uncertainty. You can’t know everything about tomorrow. And that makes a lot of people uncomfortable.

But here’s the thing. You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. 

Are you making excuses?

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to recognize when you’re making excuses. Earlier this year, I was low on energy and unproductive. I started complaining a bit. . . .

Your actions during difficult times define who you are. Will you come up with excuses and say you’re too busy to work out, spend quality time with your loved ones, take care of your mental well-being, and do your work?

Or will you inspire yourself by having a direction in life? If you answered yes to the latter, you’ll be fine.

Read the full article to get more examples and tips.

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