I am so awful at time management. People automatically think that if you’re always busy you’re managing your time well. You’re getting everything done! You’re making things happen. Yes. But not in the best way. I’m a mess with time. I get things done. But normally after some blood, sweat and tears. Quite a lot of shouting. Way too much stress. And with little time for anything else. That is poor time management.
I’ve made it my goal this week to sort that out. It’s true. We all have as many hours in the day as Beyonce! You think she was having a lie in and getting wrecked every weekend before she was successful? Was she putting off her ambitions until tomorrow so she could watch a movie? No, probably not. Who’s your hero? Who’s doing what you want to do RIGHT now? They have as many hours in a day as you. No ifs, no buts. They weren’t born where they are now. They worked hard and managed their time.
Humans are so incredible at making up excuses. You don’t see a squirrel putting off collecting his acorns. Or a bird building their nest. Unless you’re a cuckoo perhaps. I can hear you making them already. Yes we have jobs. And children. And responsibilities. It’s tough. The thing is if we put off today what we can do tomorrow, then we’re twice as likely to do that tomorrow too. And the next day and the next day. Before you know it, it’s Christmas again, the year has gone and you’re still clinging to the same hopes and dreams as last year. We can change that. You can make it happen for yourself…
Write down what you are doing in a day, over the period of a week. You’ll be so surprised at how much time you actually waste. Watching tv, social media, sleeping too much, doing things you feel you ‘should’ do. You will ALWAYS be able to create some space. Even if it’s just on your commute. Or lunch break. If you don’t want to, then you don’t want what you’re dreaming of enough. Great things don’t come easy. Effort is paramount.
Use your time effectively.
After working out where you can create space in your life, create a timetable. And stick to it! If you plan to do research every tuesday night, stick to it. Don’t go out. You have plans already! It’s research time. Go out tomorrow. Don’t forget to schedule in ‘down time’, otherwise of course, you will burn out. Relaxation is a really important part of succeeding. Without it, you won’t have the energy to carry on and you’ll get bored too. But look at what activities you choose to relax. Are they positive or negative? For instance, relaxing by going out and getting drunk with your friends every week is fun… but is it going to make you feel motivated the next day? It’s wasting your time. Create new habits. Better ones. Ones that support you.
If you want to succeed, this has to become a way of life. It requires patience. It will take time to phase in and get used to. It’s also going to take twice as long as you think it will. You’ll also probably fall off your new wagon a few times. I know that I have. I’m learning. But this is why you need to have strong foundations. A firm base. Create assigned time to move forwards with your ambitions. It ain’t called ‘Cosmic Order’ for nothing folks.
In other news, I’ve set up my home studio now which is pretty exciting and am working on a cover to upload to my youtube channel this weekend. Subscribe to my channel for all upcoming tracks! I’ll also be uploading sneak peaks every monday via Instagram, so come follow me there too and random pictures from my life. Barbies, cats and cake all feature regularly.
Thank you for the support! It’s keeping me so motivated. How is your dream chasing going? Get in touch!