It seems that everywhere we turn, there is more pressure on our time. We have a checklist that needs to be checked off almost every day. Run to the grocery store, exercise, cook dinner, go to work, and the list goes on and on. How do we make time to do what we love to do when there’s so many things that we ‘need’ to get done first?
For me, it seems that by the time I check off the ‘needs’ for the day, there’s hardly any time left to do anything else before going to bed. My response usually is to procrastinate the ‘needs’ until the next day, and then the cycle starts all over. In other words, that does not work.
Living an abundant life means enjoying life to the fullest. How are we supposed to enjoy life and be happy without finding time to do what we love? The answer to that is simple. Life won’t be as full or happy unless we make time to do what we love.
The simplest way to put this is that ‘if you love something, you will make time for it.’ The question isn’t how to find time but rather how to make time. Try using these guidelines to make that time for what you love.
Stop Making Excuses
Stop telling yourself that you don’t have time. Everyone has 24 hours in a day and you can choose how you spend it. Tell yourself you have time for what you love and then make time for it.
Write Out Your Daily Schedule
Writing out your schedule helps you see exactly how you’re spending your time every day. You’ll be able to see exactly where you have free time and then make time to do what you love.
It could look something like this: 7:30 ~ Wake Up. 9 ~ Go to Work. 12:30~ Going to Lunch with a co-worker. 4:30 ~ Head Home. 5:30 ~ Make Dinner 6:30 – 7:30~ Free Time. 7:30 -8:30 ~ Go to the Gym. 9-11 ~Free Time. 11~ Bed time. In that schedule, there are two time slots where you would have the time do what you love.
Stop Doing Things You Don’t ‘Need’ to Do/Don’t Love to Do
There is no denying that there are things we have to do. We need to sleep for health reasons, eat to maintain strength, go to work to maintain an income, etc. but there are some we don’t need to do. We don’t need to watch excessive amounts of television and if it’s something we don’t love doing, why are we doing it? Personally, I spent a lot of time playing games on my phone. It’s easy for me to get sucked into a game and play it for an hour. I don’t need to do this and it’s not even something I love doing. It’s just getting in the way of doing what I really love doing.
Be More Efficient
There are things we do need to do but if we can maximize our efficiency for those needs, we will end up making more time for the things we love. Try cooking extra food when making dinner – that way you can have leftovers the next day. Make a list when going to the store, that way you don’t spend extra time wandering around. With all that extra time left over, you will be making time for what you love instead.
Set Your Priorities for the Day
There are many things we want to get done in a day and that can be overwhelming. Write down the things that are most important to you that you want to do every day.
My list would look something like: music, spending time with my family, and reading. I try to do all of those things every day but if I’m spending a lot of time with my family, then I don’t spend as much time reading and working on my music skills. In other words, some days my priority is family, and other days it’s reading or music. That’s okay.
The nice thing about it is that you’re not setting priorities for every day but rather for each individual day. You can choose what is most important for that day; that way, you aren’t spending all of your energy trying to accomplish everything.
Set a Specific Time and Stick to It
If you are trying to make time for a specific thing you love, set a specific time for it. I like to read every night and I’ve decided that I’ll read as soon as I’m done with work for the day. That way, I’m sure to do it. If you really want to do what you love, then you will make time for it because it’s something you enjoy doing. Setting a time and sticking to it will really help in trying to make that time.