What’s the one thing you wish you could do, but don’t have enough time.
Take an art class, write a book, learn a language, create that scrapbook of your family vacation, heck even just clean our your garage! You know what the “IT” is, in fact, I bet the second you read the question “What’s the one thing you wish you could do, but don’t have enough time.” the “IT” popped into your head.
If your like me, a lot of stuff falls into the “I wish I could do” bucket. I made lists for it, thought about it, prayed about it, wished about it, but at the end of the day NOTHING changed, NOTHING happened, and I didn’t get any closer to “doing” anything.
The problem is that as humans the natural tendency is to get stalled up on one thing or another, and then sit their paralyzed by everything that’s not right in the world all the while spending time coming up with dozens of excuses as to why it won’t work or why we are too busy. Honestly, its a fair bet that if we spent (myself included) all the time we normally devoted to justifying why we can’t get something done, we could have gotten “IT” done!
How much of your “I wish I could” list could you do if each month you could spend a laser focused, uninterrupted, dedicated 25 - 30 hours working on nothing but the “I wish I could” list. I bet you could get MUCH more done on your list in 2 months than you have been able to in the last 2 years! But Chris you say, that’s ABSURD, you have no idea how freaking busy I am, I have the kids, the job, the soccer practice, the karate lessons, the extra project at work, etc. There is no WAY I could spend that much time a month!
You CAN, in fact, I bet you could without even stopping ANY of that “stuff” that makes you so busy by doing 2 simple things (and #1 isn’t even required). (All that “stuff” by the way probably isn’t as important to you and your family as you think it is, but I’ll write about that another time)
1. CUT OUT TV - Ok, I know this is gonna be super hard for some of you guys, and maybe you should slowly cut back, personally I think quitting cold turkey is probably the best option, get it overcwith FAST, in a week your gonna be shocked by how little you miss the shows you “had” to watch before, you CAN cut back slow, but it’s more painful (something about cutting the tail off the Australian Shepherd puppy 1 inch at a time or something…) Seriously though, ask yourself what would happen if you didn’t watch that episode of American Idol, 24, or Lost (ok, ok, ok those were all the shows that I watched this last season, ok guilty) but really, what would happen?? Oh but Chris I unwind by watching “my” shows you sa, its stress relieving. I say that you would be much happier “unwinding” by doing what’s on your “I wish I could do” instead! If your doing what you love, you will naturally have MORE fun, and have LESS stress!
2. Set a timer, alarm clock, or something else to notify you at exactly 9:30PM (or whatever time works best for you). Next, now this is KEY, when that alarm goes off, stop what ever you are doing, lock yourself in a room with no distractions, and work on your project (from your list of course) for exactly 60 min (or more if you are a night person). Do that 6 days a week, and in 2 months you will have been able to spend 48 hours laser focused on ONLY the “I wish I could list”. I don’t know what’s on that list for you, or what you have done on that list in the last 2 years, but I’m betting you will get more, SIGNIFICANTLY more, in those 60 days then the last 2 YEARS.
Sound simple? IT IS!
Some people might say, I don’t have 60 min, or I can’t stay up that late, or I have demanding family life, or job, or… To which my reply is quite simply. If you can’t spend a dedicated 60 min a day on your list, the stuff you WISH you could do, the things you dream about at night but just can’t seem to find the time to start working on, then, well, you need a new freaking list, the one you have sucks.
That’s the truth,
If you have something your passionate about spending 60 min on it is exiting and a joy, and will “feed” you with energy… I know I know some of you still think its not that easy, but I challenge you to try for 2 months and let me know if it doesn’t change your whole outlook on the “I wish I could” list…. I would LOVE to hear how this did or didn’t work out for you, please email me and let me know!!