There’s never enough time. Is there?
Well… Is that really true?
I haven’t got enough time… We’ve all used this one, right? It’s quite possibly one of the best excuses.
Not only does it mean you don’t have to do something you don’t want to do but the fact that you’re “too busy” to do it makes you feel virtuous and like you’re a master at managing your time.
GREAT REASON OR CRAPPY EXCUSE
It works perfectly until you use it about something important that will move your business forward. Like when we use lack of time as an excuse not to do marketing, or worse to work on our sales process.
I hear it so often: “I haven’t got time to sit down and think about my marketing plan” or “I haven’t got time to learn ANOTHER new thing”.
The problem is, when if you don’t make time to do the important things you don’t actually end up with a successful business. You end up with a really busy underpaid job or worse still an expensive hobby!
WHAT’S UNDERNEATH THE EXCUSE “I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME”?
There’s usually something hidden in that little phrase. Think about this statement with the project our task you’re putting off:
I don’t have time to do _______________ because ______________________
It could be that you’re:
– Prioritising something else over this?
– Apprehensive about delegating?
– Unwilling to learn a new skill?
– Just scared?
– Or something else?
Often, we don’t take the time to explore why we’re putting something off. That’s a shame because if you can look at why you don’t want to do something, you can work out how to get it done or move on from it.
CHANGE THE STORY
For ages, I told myself that I don’t have time to write a weekly blog. I’d say I’m simply too busy serving my customers and that’s more important. It was complete tosh! When I explored it a little more I realised I was scared of being visible, being judged and running out of things to say.
Which was fricking amazing!
It was awesome because it gave me something to work on, a problem to solve. Now that I’ve worked on those fears, I’ve been consistently publishing a new blog weekly and I always have something to write. I’ve even sorted out my editorial calendar, so I know what I’m going to write in advance!
It doesn’t have to be a fear for you to overcome though. It might be that a task you think you “should” be doing isn’t the most vital thing to grow your business right now. If that is genuinely the case, then delete it from your to-do list. Stop feeling guilty that you never get to it and be confident that the things you are doing are way more important!
If it’s not something that can be deleted all together maybe it’s something that can be outsourced? You don’t have to hire a monthly VA if you can’t afford it right now. Pop on over to somewhere like PeoplePerHour, Upwork or Freelancer and give someone else your unwanted tasks!
You’ll also have more time (and better results) if you review your tasks and projects on a regular basis!
WHAT DO YOU NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR?
Hop on over to Instagram and let me know what stuck on your to-do list and what you’re going to do about clearing it!