4 Steps to Remove the Not-Enough-Time Barrier

Not Enough Time ExcuseDon’t tell me you don’t have enough time to make things happen in your life – to find a job, to go to school, to start a business, to change careers, to lose a few pounds, whatever it is you’ve been wanting to do…enough TIME is not an excuse to NOT achieve higher levels of success in your life!

Every single one of us is given 168 hours a week, no more, no less! It’s how we choose to spend those hours that determine what kind of life we live. We can choose to just settle and let life happen or we can choose to be INTENTIONAL and take control of it!

You’re not alone in believing the “I don’t have enough time” lie. I too, believed it and used it many times as an excuse to why I was overweight or why others got promoted ahead of me. It’s the easy way. It deflects the real reason behind the why I don’t have ___________________ (fill in the blank).

The real reason was not that there wasn’t enough time; it was the fact that those things weren’t a PRIORITY! I allowed other things to control my time & energy preventing me from reaching my goals.

You see, I found time to be on Facebook. I found the time to watch American Idol, The Biggest Loser, and do other non-productive activities. It wasn’t that I didn’t have time; because when I added it all up I found I did have time to make changes in my life. Changes that are allowing me to live a full life!

  • If you’re sick & tired of being sick & tired.
  • If your job is “sucking the life” out of you.
  • If you can’t seem to get off the Merry Go Round of life.

I have one question to ask… “What are you doing about it?”

Are you falling into the trap of telling yourself and others around you that things would get better if you only had enough time? Sounds like an old worn out excuse.

But Jeff you don’t understand, you don’t know my situation – I work 50 to 60 hours a week, spend an hour a day commuting to work, then I get home and I spend time with my family and then its time to start the cycle all over again: Wake up, go to work, come home, eat, go to bed, wake up…you get the point. It just seems like life is spinning out of control.

You just don’t understand! If I had the time, don’t you think I’d be doing something about my situation? Don’t you think I’d be trying to make a change for the better? I’m just so worn out and tired by the time I get home it’s useless to consider something different.

Sound familiar? We’re sick of our job. We’re tired of being overweight. We’re just so worn out from a life out of control that we can’t do the things we want to do! Saying I don’t have enough time makes it easy to give up. It’s an excuse, a lie that we come to believe as fact.

  • If we’re sick of our JOB and don’t take the time to change our situation it’s easier to accept the fact that we’re always going to be “stuck.”
  • If we’re tired of being overweight and don’t take the time to exercise it’s easier to accept the fact that this is the way God made me
  • If we don’t take the time to do a better job at work it’s easier to accept it when others get promoted ahead of us.

Are you ready to make a change? More importantly, are you willing to make a change?

If you’re ready to take control of your time and live an empowered life then follow the 4-step T.I.M.E. plan outlined below. No need to be elaborate here – Start simple and build upon the change you create. The key is to “DO Something” – take ACTION:

T - Track your time. An important tool in getting out of debt is a budget. You’ve got to know where you’re spending your money before you can move towards eliminating your debt.

It’s the same with your time. You have to know where your time is being spent before you can take it back.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a simple piece of paper to track your daily activities. Keep this up for 1-week and document everything. I recommend keeping track of your time in 15-minute increments. At the end of the week…

I – Investigate where your time is being spent. Where are the opportunities to “take control” of your time?

  • Do you find yourself spending an hour a day on Facebook?
  • How much time do you spend watching TV?
  • What about playing video games?

Is there an opportunity to cut back on these activities?

What about waking up 30-minutes to an hour earlier or reverse this strategy and stay up later?

Write down these “time block” opportunities, be realistic about the time you can commit. Start small and build to larger blocks of time.

M – Make a plan to achieve your goal. What is it you want to achieve with your new found “time freedom?” You need to have a plan targeted towards the goal you want to achieve, otherwise you’ll slip back into old habits.

A simple strategy I recommend to people is the 30/30 Plan. Anyone can do this! Commit to spending at least 30 focused minutes each day for the next 30 days working towards your goal. If you will do this – YOU WILL see results!

E – Evaluate where you are at the end of 30-days or whatever time period you give yourself.

  • Did you reach your goal?
  • Are you closer now than you were before? You should be if you followed the plan outlined above.
  • What obstacles did you hit?
  • What successes did you experience?
  • Is there an opportunity to redeem more time?

Don’t stop after the first 30-days, build upon your success and go another 30-days, take it to the next level and do the 60/60 plan – 60 minutes a day for the next 60-days.

When I followed this plan and evaluated my time I found I could get up 30-minutes earlier in the morning, which allowed me to get to the gym at 5:00 am, workout for an hour and get to work by 6:45. Over the course of a few months I lost 12-pounds, have more energy and am feeling better about myself.

I’m now building upon that success by focusing on other goals. I try to be as intentional as possible about how I spend my time. It wasn’t too long ago I’d spend an hour playing video games, but now I ask myself, “Is there something better I can do with my time?” The answer is usually a resounding Yes.

Stop letting “enough time” rob you of the success that can be yours!

Redeem your time, Take control of your life, and Be empowered to make the necessary changes. Give it 30-days – time is going to pass anyhow, why not make it count?

Question: What is your biggest obstacle in “finding time” to achieve your goals? How have you overcome the too busy or not enough time barrier? Share your tips or questions below -

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  1. says

    Here’s a great article from Michael Hyatt that directly relates to this post – It’s titled “How to Create More Margin in Your Life” http://michaelhyatt.com/more-margin.html

    I highly recommend reading it, especially if you find your life’s calendar is just too full. He provides 7 Tips to take control of your calendar to accomplish the important things, while still enjoying life!

  2. says

    Great article Jeff.  I agree that we often get caught up in the craziness of day to day life and convince ourselves that it’s not our fault and we are victims.  But, like you point out, we just need to plan.  Congrats on your success and thanks for the good information!

  3. says

    WOW Jeff,
    Great, yet simple 4 step process to help us be more intentional and efficient with our time. You nailed it when you said it’s all about priorities, we need to decide what’s truly important, determine how we’re spending our time now, then leverage the time we have by taking action steps towards achieving the goals we’ve set in the most important areas of our life.

    Great, Great Article!

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