Thought of the Week: Find Time For What’s Important

“If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.”

This quote conveys a powerful message about prioritizing and staying focused on tasks and goals that are quite simply important to you.

How many times have you told yourself you were going to accomplish a goal you had set for yourself only to see it never come into fruition? Maybe you wanted to learn a language or start a new exercise routine or start your own business. What happened?

The most common response to not starting and/or finished desired objectives is: “I don’t have enough time.” It is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people have said the same thing. I know I have.

To share a personal anecdote about this particular idea. This quote really hit home for me a couple of months ago when I was chatting with my fiancée over Skype. She asked me one night “how is the writing coming?”

I looked at her puzzled and responded: “Not so good. I just don’t have time to write anymore.”

Her response: “Well, I guess it isn’t that important to you. If it was you would make time to write.”

It didn’t stop there. A few weeks later she asked me, “How’s learning Finnish going?” My fiancée is Finnish, and since I plan on eventually moving there, I started to learn Finnish over the past two years. (Rather unsuccessfully I might add)

I responded half-heartedly, “I just haven’t had any time to learn Finnish.”

Her response, “Yeah. If it was important you would learn it. Maybe one day it will be and you will start learning it more.”

Her direct and frank responses were just what I needed. Even though it has taken me a couple of months to gain momentum, I thought today was the perfect day to revisit my passion for writing.

No matter how busy you are or how little free time you have, there is always time for the things that are important. If there wasn’t then it wouldn’t be important.

This is why time management skills are so important. Allotting time for goals you want to complete throughout the day are crucial. Set up a schedule for what you want to do in your free time, and do your best to stick to it. Perhaps you won’t have every minute or block of time perfectly coordinated, but at least you can give yourself a guide of what you want to complete throughout the day.

For example, spending an hour surfing on Facebook, while very entertaining at times, probably isn’t the best use of your time if you have a tight schedule and you want to find time to work out. Using that time to head over to the gym or go for a run is probably more beneficial.

Don’t be an excuse-creator for why you didn’t accomplish your goals. There is no one to blame but yourself. Harsh advice, but true nonetheless. Become a time-creator. Create time for what is really important to you and get after it. Oh yeah, there is never the “perfect time” to do anything. So stop waiting for that as well.

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