Are you sure that you don’t have enough time?
In this post, I will share some tips I practice to tackle procrastination and achieve more. Achieving more doesn’t always mean working more, in many cases working smart is the key to achieve more in life.
The most powerful thing that will continually take you wherever you want to be in life is a consolidated and determined commitment to your goals.
We all have our own mountains to climb, our own forests to explore, and our own goals to achieve. To have a goal is a great reason to start walking but don’t forget that you will never know if you will reach your goal until you reach it.
So, try to enjoy the road more than the destination. More time will pass on the road than at the destination. For example, when you look at successful people you will see that they still work hard every day even after becoming millionaires, or maybe even billionaires in some cases. What makes them successful is their focus on the journey, not just becoming rich or successful.
“I suggest that you become obsessed about the things you want; otherwise, you are going to spend a lifetime being obsessed with making up excuses as to why you didn’t get the life you wanted.” — Grant Cardone
If you are ready, let get started by the first tip which is defining goals!
Define your goals
Define your goals with absolute words, this way your excuses will fade away easily. The goals have to be more touchable and definable. Of course, you may have long term and short term goals. So, I want you to create a different goal list for each. Things you want to achieve in a close future, and little far future. Writing down your goals will make you more connected with your goals and seeing them instead of just thinking about them is a very powerful factor too.
Think of goals as think you will be happy when you reach them. Life is too short to spend time on things we don’t love, or enjoy doing. Below is a nice Ikigai model that will help you when defining your goals in life. This model will also help you to understand and know more about yourself.
There is no bad goals, when you focus on the progress.
Such as “I don’t have enough time?”
If you come across this excuse, that’s very normal. Don’t panic, because this happens to appear in front of anyone that is trying to achieve some things in this life. A way that I think helps to conquer this excuse is to have the ability to manage it.
It’s an unavoidable truth that our excuses can’t be stronger than our dreams. And to win this challenge we don’t have many choices. Either our dreams have to be stronger or we have to overcome our excuses.
A way to make our dreams stronger is to connect to them emotionally. And this means to spend some time thinking about them and working really hard to make them happen. Committing to being the person you want to be, and to write down your dreams can help to connect with your dreams emotionally and mentally.
Let’s say you feel very comfortable about what you want and you started doing a progress towards your goals. After some time and effort; the one and biggest excuse that will appear in front of you will be “I don’t have enough time.”
Professional basketball executive Patrick Riley said, “There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.”
Track your progress
We all have 24 hours every day, and it is a matter of how to use it. Managing time wisely will help you to create some time that you thought didn’t exist at all. Prioritizing things is also an important factor to create some time.
We all do this mistake of “first come — first serve,” which leads us to have nothing at the end of all that tiredness. Sometimes we even do things that we don’t question what will it bring us other than losing time. Social media, group messaging, scrolling down on Instagram, watching people’s stories, spending a couple hours every day on Netflix, listening to music on the commute to work and etc.
These are just some of the many factors that take away our time. I am not saying we have to stop doing these, we all need some time to relax and clean our minds. We just need to do some time management, so that we can create some time slots for things that we have to do to achieve our goals.
Stop dreaming about your dreams, start commitment, and connect to your dream emotionally. Overcome your excuses by making bigger steps towards your dreams. A car will not take you from point A to point B if you don’t turn the key to start the engine. Just try to enjoy the ride, the destination will be there waiting for you.
I am Behic Guven, and I love sharing stories on creativity, programming, motivation, and life. Let’s be friends on Medium.