Do you know what that number is? That is the number of minutes that you have in a day. So what did you do with your 1,440 minutes today? Did you accomplish everything that you had hoped? If not, you might be saying “I wanted to, but I just didn’t have enough time”. That line might make you feel better, but it is a lie.
You see, it doesn’t matter if you are talking about you, me, Mark Cuban, President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg or Jimmy Fallon. We all have 1,440 minutes (24 hours) available to us each day. So why are some people successful and reaching their goals while others just sit around and complain about not having enough time? There are a variety of reasons for this, but today we are going to talk about one in particular: Priority.
What Does Priority Have to Do With It?
Each person decides what they are going to do each day. We can decide what time we get up, what we will eat for breakfast, where we will work, what we will do after work and what time we will go to bed.
Please realize that everything you do is a decision that you make. So if you have a list of 10 things that you want to accomplish, which one(s) you get done is largely based on the priority that you give to them. For example, let’s say that one of my items that I want to get done today is write this blog (which it is). I have made it a priority, so once I put Elena down for her afternoon nap, I jumped on the computer and started writing. I did this, even though there were many other things that I could have done, such as play Call of Duty. I really enjoy playing videos games and have not played them in 3 weeks, so I very easily could have convinced myself that I should do that instead of writing this blog.
So What Can You Do?
Instead of saying “I don’t have time”, say this instead.
“It is not currently a priority.”
By just switching what you say, you begin to tell yourself the truth and become aware of what you are really saying. Maybe it truly is not a priority and you instead are going to spent 3 hours after dinner watching TV. That is fine, just don’t lie to yourself and say you didn’t do it because you didn’t have. You did have time, you just prioritized watching TV above it.
Since doing this, I have found that I am shifting things around and getting more done. When I said that I did not have time, I was blaming time. Now that I say it is not a priority, I realize that I control the priority and can’t blame someone else.
Do you ever find yourself falling into this trap?