Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I Just Don't Have Enough Time

EHN! (obnoxious buzzing noise)  Wrong answer!

Yes, you do.  You have exactly as much time as the person who's accomplishment you are envying.  If you are alive when the day starts and are still alive when the day ends, you have exactly the same amount of time as everyone else.

So why can they do so much and you seem to get nothing done?

Good question.  The answer is simple.  You chose to spend your time differently.  And in this instance, it's easy to see someone else's accomplishments and value them more than your own.


For the simple reason that you can see them!  They are visible and obvious; that's why you noticed them.  And so much of what we do every day is not.  No one will ever know except us.

A friend was recently saying that at the end of her day she felt she hadn't completed anything from her "to do" list.  Or that she'd done some, but much less than she'd wanted.  Haven't we all been there?

I challenged her to make a different list.  I asked her to make an "I did it" list.  Write down everything she did all day long.

I offer the same challenge to anyone reading this now.  Write it all down.  The stupid stuff.  The silly stuff.  The mundane stuff.  (You can leave off the embarrassing stuff if you must.)  And I'd be willing to bet that at the end of the day you'll believe you have a reason to be tired.

And if you don't like what you find, now you have somewhere to start for change. 

There is a reason we call it spending time.  Like money it is limited and valuable.  Like money we should assess our habits and budget it well.  And like money we will mess up.  But we also get to try again.  Every day we start with our time account full.  It's like a do-over.

But I don't think you should feel like someone else is spending their time better than you.  Only you know where your time needs to go.  And besides, maybe they secretly blow a wad of time on absolutely nothing when no one's looking.  If so, good for them.  It's their time and they need to decide how to use it.

Just like you.


Dona said...

I am in awe. In awe of your ability to write and of your ability to hit the proverbial nail right on the head of feelings I have felt/am feeling or thoughts I have had/am having.

Sonic is screaming, I'm glad you are hearing it too.

K and D Roylance said...

Well said, thanks

Bonnie said...

If possible, I like you better every day, Miss Robin.

Jessica Grosland said...

Well, today I spent a considerable amount of time eating various marshmallow and chocolate-y things. Well spent? Perhaps not. But there's only so much you can do when you start PMSing on Easter weekend.