Looking back on January 2014, and wondering how it could possibly have consisted of 31 full days, I now get what they were going on about. Bizarrely, I was on holiday for most of January yet I seemed to have had so much less time than in my busy months of the year. Why is that? For my regular readers you will be aware I was writing a weekly blog up until January and here we are in February before I found the time to write again.
We always have enough time. Time happens to us – it’s just a fact of nature in the way the earth rotates around the sun. Every day we get the same 24 hours handed to us, and we choose how to prioritise each minute that elapses. During holiday periods, with very few daily goals set, we choose to not do much. This is a very necessary period of recuperation and the lack of busyness can provide better insights into our true life goals and clarify whether our daily activities are really converging on achieving what we are aiming to achieve. But in order to actually get things done – things like writing a weekly blog – we need to make it a habit and prioritise it by making a diary entry to do it on a particular day at a particular time. We often say, “ I didn’t have time” – but our holiday periods show us that we when have the most time we often achieve the least – from a deliverable perspective anyway. Using the language “I didn’t make it a priority”, is a more honest way of judging our activities. Rather than being embarrassed by those New Year’s resolutions that probably already have failed, (unless you followed the advice in the last blog :-) write down the required actions that are needed to achieve your goals, schedule them in your diary, and do them when the diary reminder pops up… That way, time will go by just in the way nature intended it to – 60 seconds in every minute, 60 minutes in every hour and 24 hours in every day.