You have time

I really enjoy networking with other artists and photographers in a few different groups on Facebook. Several times a week I see people ask for advice then respond to the advice they are given with “I don’t have time for that.” or “I would love to do that, but I just don’t have the time”. We need to stop telling ourselves this lie. You DO have the time for anything you want. It’s simply a matter of making it a priority.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day to use as we will. The question is what matters to you? Are you putting your time into the things that are truly important? Are you using time as an excuse? Time is a resource to be budgeted, just like money. If you plan and prepare you will find the time to do the things that matter. If you fly by the seat of your pants and just spend your time on whatever feels good in the moment you’re likely to end up bankrupt

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I remember a lesson we had in church when I was a youth. The teacher had a big glass jar, golf balls, rocks, and sand. First she poured the sand in then the rocks The jar was full and there was no room for the golf balls. Then she did it in reverse. She put the golf balls in, then the rocks. Shook the jar a little bit then started adding sand. Almost all of the sand fit in the cracks.

We need to budget our time the same way. We need to first plan for our golf balls, the most important things, that often also take more time. Then we start adding our rocks, the good things we really want to do, but aren’t quite as important as the golf balls. Last we add in the sand, the things we enjoy that aren’t super important. Then we need to completely cut out those things that aren’t good for us at all or are merely draining time away from the important things without giving us any real benefit.

This principle applies to family, work, and everything else. If it is important to you then you WILL find the time to do it. Stop making excuses and start making a time budget. Don’t let anyone else dictate to you what is important. This is your life and your family. Make your choices and own them. No more excuses. It’s ok to say no when someone else’s demands on your time don’t fit into your budget just like it’s ok to say no to loaning someone money you don’t have.

What is at the top of the list in your time budget? What things can you cut out to make more time for the things that are important?