Time – Are you forever trying to ‘find’ it?


Whenever you ask someone how they are in a working context, do you notice how often the response is “I’m so busy, I just don’t have the time to do this, I need to find the time.”

Now pause for just one second. How do you find time?

Time is finite. You don’t ‘find’ some lost time underneath your desk. If someone says to you that they need to ‘find’ the time to do something, it invariably means they won’t do it. It’s another way of saying, “It’s not a priority for me.”

People will say it all the time about going to the gym for example. “I need to find the time to go to the gym.” Those that say they want to find the time to go to the gym know it’s something they should do, but deep down don’t really want to do.

If you truly want to do something, you make time.

People will always be busy, no question. Right now, I’m in one of my busiest weeks of the year – the busiest in fact. But a chance conversation with someone gave me the idea to write this article. Do I have time to write it? No. Have I made the time to write it? Yes – because if I don’t, it will never happen and I want to publish it.

We all make the time to do the things we want to do. If you don’t want to do something, just admit it, rather than using ‘finding time’ as an excuse – a holding pattern if you will for all the things you think about doing but don’t commit to.

Make the time to do the stuff you want to do and bin the rest. You’ll find life becomes far clearer if you focus plainly on the things you want to do.