Time is the currency of our lives. In essence, how you spend your time is how you spend your life. With that said, how do you feel about the way you’re currently spending your time…and your life? I know from experience that when your to-do list feels out of control, and when you’re not spending time on the people and things that matter most to you, there’s a tremendous amount of guilt, stress and worry weighing you down.
So today I want to share something with you from the second lesson of my It’s About Time online workshop. This is something that all effective time managers know, and it can drastically free you from unrealistic expectations you may have about your time. Ready? Here it is:
“You will always have more to do than you can ever get done.”
Now maybe this doesn’t seem like that big of a secret to you. Maybe you have felt this in your life, but you’ve tried to push the idea away because, at first, this sounds a bit depressing. (Okay, who am I kidding, it sounds really depressing. We can’t really ever get it all done? We can’t ever get caught up?) So, you may even be wondering why in the world I would tell you this!
The reason is simple. When you understand that you will always have more to do than you can ever get done, you begin to understand the importance of having a decision-making process that allows you to spend more time on tasks and activities you most enjoy, and less time on activities you don’t. You can begin evaluating the tasks on your current and future to-do lists based on your values, priorities, and what matters most to you. You can also see the importance of learning how to say yes or no to tasks and activities, and become selective about how you spend your time. I walk you through how to do all of this (and more!) in my It’s About Time online class.
The bottom line is that your to-do list truly will never be done, so what you put on that list determines whether or not your life is filled with purpose, meaning and joy. Choose wisely! What is one item on your to-do list that you can say no to and create time for a more meaningful activity? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!