I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything.” — Dan Millman
An article by Peter Shankman , entrepreneur and author, (he’s great, I definitely recommend following him) sparked my thinking about timing and our priorities. It’s been an incredibly busy few months and sometimes it feels like I am not making as quick progress on my goals as I would like.
When you’re so busy, it’s very easy for things to slip under the radar. Weeks fill up so quickly and before you know it, half of November has gone and the holiday season is just round the corner!
I’ve been looking at ways to change my mindset around time.
I love Paula Pant’s philosophy on Afford Anything:
You can afford anything, but not everything — and that’s true not only for your money, but also your time, focus, energy and attention.
This opens two questions:
- How can we make smarter decisions about our money, time and life?
How can we align our daily behaviors and habits with the lifestyle we value most?
It becomes easier once you have decided on what are you main priorities and what you can afford to either stop doing or simplify/automate.
My priorities include:
- Setting up a low-input business with my brother
- Friends and family
Because I have decided that this is what I want to achieve, it motivates me to go and get it done!
There is nothing wrong with the things different people prioritise. We all have the same amount of hours in a day to do what we have to do and what makes us happy.
For some people that’s playing video games for hours on end, for others it’s escapism in a book or on Facebook. All of which is fine (especially getting lost in a good book) 🙂 But that choice means something has to move down lower on the to-do list.
simplifying areas of your life
What would this look like it if was easy?
This was a question I got from Tim Ferriss and now apply to most things in my life.
For example, I need to write a blog post – what would it look like if it was easy?
- I would write on a topic that interested me
- I would allocate a certain amount of time to do it in
… so I found a topic that interested me (time and priorities) and I allocated a time do it in, and it’s suddenly become an easy enjoyable task.
I started seeking out other areas of life that I could simplify.
Minimalising my room was a great step (thank you Marie Kondo for the inspiration). By getting rid of anything I didn’t need or value in my life, it created space for amazing things to come in.
How can you simplify your life to allow you to spend time and energy on the things you want to prioritise?
If you want something in your life, you make it a priority and you focus on that goal at the expense of something that you perceive is less important.
We have all the time in the world. It’s up to you how you spend it 🙂