How To Make Time When You Don't Have Time
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HOW TO MAKE TIME WHEN YOU SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE TIME
In essence we’re all jugglers, right? We’re constantly trying to find the time, seek balance, do it all, let it go, be present…the list goes on. And especially as creatives with a seemingly endless stream of projects, deadlines, pitches and potential work outlets, we may be stretched thinner than ever.
And here’s the thing: what works for one might not work for another. Time management tools, tips and tricks aside, we’re all desperate to find more time, free up the time we do have and move mountains to do the impossible. So instead of a list of best apps to organize endless to-do lists, may we suggest internal ways to go about your days to discover what it is you need to find the time?
Here is what we suggest when you find yourself wishing, hoping and trying to find more seconds, minutes and hours in the day:
Embrace where you are.
So you are juggling three creative side projects along with your main source of income. Maybe you have small children or aging parents to care for on top of work commitments. But such is life. Instead of wishing for different circumstances take stock of where you are and what you have to work with. Accept constraints and work with them, not against. Every uphill mountain is surmountable.
Check your perspective.
Even the most optimistic of us can fall prey to the downward spiral: there’s never enough time, I’m out of time, why aren’t there more hours in the day? Chin up and keep trying. 24 hours is, actually, a lot of hours.
Think big picture.
Instead of lamenting over not being able to find the time today, think of all the time you have in your life. Then decide what is truly important. What impacts your life? Find time for those things. Make decisions based upon these goals.
Trim the fat.
You know those mindless activities we find ourselves engaged in that deplete instead of restore? Give them up. Be mindful of where you are "losing" hours, minutes even (it all adds up) and try to regain this time through meaningful “I want to be doing this” work.
Do more, do less.
Find your sweet spot when it comes to how you work best with the time you do have. If you need to schedule more to keep you go go going to accomplish it all, do that. If you need to schedule mini-breaks to breath in order to get it done, do that.
But when you’re in, be all in. So you found time to write. Then write. Or paint, strategize, book keep. Well, do it and finish it. If you focus on the task at hand and complete said task, you’ll feel much better for it. Don't fracture your time.
Let the guilt go.
Spare yourself the beat down of coulda, woulda, shoulda. Especially when it comes to creative work, the onslaught of guilt over prioritizing can be all consuming. Don’t let it be. Decide, do it, move on.
And remember, above all, you have a beautiful life—having any time is enough to be thankful.
Written by Wellness Editor Brooke Klauer on behalf of Clementine