Most days I find myself with a laundry list of excuses on why I can’t accomplish things. Excuses and complaints about time management and the likes. The thing is, none of that serves me. In fact, it is some of the most counterproductive thinking there is.
Excuses are just that. They are our way of making ourselves feel better for not accomplishing something we feel we should have. They are also a sign that we need to step back and reevaluate things. Are our goals reasonable? Do we really want to reach these goals? What is our why for having these goals? If all of this is in order, then we need to get rid of the excuses and get to work. It has been proven, time and time again, we feel a hundred times better if we just do the things we want or need to do.
That brings me to complaining. What has that ever done for any of us? We don’t feel better when we voice our complaints. Nothing. In fact, we often times feel worse. It is a way for us to stew in a world of negativity. If we just told our brains ‘Shhh. Shhh.’ And got to work, we’d feel so much better. Our complaints would be invalid because we made them invalid. We got to work.
I won’t claim that this works for everything, but certainly there is a place for it. It is up to us to decide on where it fits in. I know it certainly fits into my everyday life.
Lately, my to-do list looks more like a suggestion. The things I place on there are often not getting completed. Why? Because I have no time? Because my time is filled with tending grandkids instead of doing my work things?
Sure, those all seem like valid things. Every one of them is legitimate. I do babysit my grandsons and often times for a good portion of my day. At the end of the day I feel like I had no time what so ever to get things done. I’m sure most of us can relate to that one. We’ve all wished for extra hours in the day.
That isn’t necessarily the problem. The problem is that often times, we have habits or distractions that have come to fill up our times. One good way to track all of this and see for yourself is to keep a schedule of your day and be honest about it. That is the tricky part. How many times we do put things like, spent time scrolling Facebook, on our schedule? Or even Instagram? Often times, these are the things we leave off our schedules and they are generally the things we do the most that wastes our time.
I’m not saying there aren’t careers where being active on Facebook or Instagram isn’t necessary. Especially if you have a career that requires you build up an audience. However, that is something we need to be honest about. Do we need to be there? Can we pick a better time to put our focus on building an audience? Things like this. Schedule it in if you need to, and try to limit your distractions throughout the day when you need to put your focus elsewhere.
These are all things that I need to get better at. I allow myself to become very distracted throughout the day. More than I would like, I find myself picking up my phone to scroll through Facebook for a few minutes, which ends up being a lot longer than I intended. That or I respond to emails or messages that don’t necessarily need my response right then and can wait until later in the day when I take a break.
If I put my focus where it needs to be, I’m sure I will discover that I can accomplish a whole lot more during my time then I would otherwise. That is one way to make your hours during the day truly work for you.
Until next time, remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.