Finding time. Finding time is hard.
As life goes along, and more of life’s little surprises accumulate, it can consistently become harder and harder to find time for things.
Going for a four-hour hike? I’ll have to check my calendar. Writing the next blog post? Maybe after I change this poopie diaper. Frequent 10-hour video game marathons like my freshman year of college? Yup, probably never going to get those again.
A full-time job, kids, the side hustle, social media, Netflix, YouTube…...these things all take time.
In my experience, finding the time to do things has always boiled down to one word --
We all have the same 10,080 minutes each week, and, despite what some folks may tell themselves, we all choose precisely how we want to spend each and every one of those minutes.
A lot of folks, myself included, regularly prioritize the comfortable ahead of the beneficial.
Getting up early, commuting to work, 8+ hours at the office, the commute home, time with the kids, dinner, cleaning up, and the kids’ bedtime routine…...after all this it is a LOT easier to kick back on the couch with Reddit and a glass of wine before bed than it is to put an hour or two of work toward your side hustle. Believe me, I get it!
We are only forced to put in those extra hours when doing so is less uncomfortable than not putting in the extra hours. Our natural instinct is to take the path of least resistance. And until we get to that point, the only way to resist the wine/social media combo, and instead focus on our creative tasks, is raw will power.
There are a slew of things we can do to help supplement that will power -- ensure that your side hustle is something that you enjoy, use a carrot (“if I get this work done tonight, I’ll totally let myself binge watch Netflix tomorrow night”), find a partner or mentor that will help encourage you through the process, etc. -- but, ultimately, it boils down to priorities and will power.
We all have limited time, and how we choose to use that time is up to us.
The clock is ticking. What will you do with your time?