“How can I make time for the things I really want to do?”
“I don’t know where to start with this.”
“I don’t have time!”
Few years ago I was experiencing difficulties managing my time. I wanted to do all sorts of things but was never able to find the time. Until one day I decided everything is up to me and the particular circumstances.
It appears it is in our nature to 🧐 look for different techniques or recipes to deal with the problems we face. Most of the time these techniques observe particular cases and therefor they are not applicable in every scenario.
To me, the best approach lays with a Stephen Covey’s quote – “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”. Now I know whenever I don’t find the time to do something on my list, it is just something I decided to leave on the bottom of my Priorities List.
From what I’ve observed in people before they burn out is exactly the lack of knowledge to prioritize. When you know what your priorities are, you can easily say ‘no’.
As an example (that worked for me), some years ago I decided for myself that the most important thing to me would be to spend more time with my family. Being in the corporate world then, that meant not to attend meetings after 4 o’clock in the afternoon. After that it lead to co-founding Tochka 2.
And that’s how we came up with the joke that “The important things lay within Tochka 2” (Literally meaning “Point 2”) – because we often find ourselves in a situation where the things we want to do are listed as #2 in our lists.
— Hari from The Gang