I don’t have time.
— How often do you use this sentence?
I hope not too often.
Unfortunately, I don’t have time seems like one of the most loved statements.
I guess people often feel important when they say that they don’t have time.
However, I guess that if you really don’t have time for something that you would like to do you are not important at all, you simply don’t have control over your life.
And you don’t have control over your biggest asset — your time.
My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. — Steve Jobs
In most cases, we do have time, we simply don’t want to do something, so we say I don’t have time.
In my opinion, that’s a mess.
It’s a shame not to have time.
What is the point of life if you spend all of your time doing stuff that you don’t like or want at all?
Long story short:
I think we should rather have a lot of free time, being able to spend it just as we like — instead of being busy all the time and feeling awesome because of not having time.
Basically, in my opinion, not having time means not being able to manage your time.
Because everybody has the same 24 hours per day. If you say you don’t have time you are either miserable with time management or you are lying because you actually don’t want to do something (instead of not being able due to lack of time).
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days. — Zig Ziglar
In fact, my only aim with this article is to show you that you do have time.
And you can spend a lot of this time for your personal development, the most important thing according to me.
In my opinion personal development and constant, life-long learning is crucial for a healthy mindset and steady success.
But it is not only important — it’s also doable for each of us.
I bet that almost everyone could spend up to 4 weeks per year solidly on personal development and self- improvement if time is used wisely.
Let’s have a look at all the time each day we spend on literally doing nothing.
How much time do you spend commuting each day?
In most cases, it is a minimum of 30 minutes one way — summing up in 7 hours per week.
What do you do in those 7 hours?
Probably not improving on yourself.
But you could.
There is a huge amount of phone applications that support you in consuming information in a very short time.
Blinkist and Getabstract, for example, are apps that provide 10-minute book summaries.
Imagine consuming the key learnings of 5 books per day, would be quite a lot of improvement, right?
Furthermore, there are thousands of podcasts and audiobooks that you could simply consume on the go. Not to talk about billions of free educational videos on Youtube and several other video platforms.
Also on platforms like Udemy, you will find free content which you can simply consume on the go.
You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you. — Tony Morgan
There are several ways to consume information and improve yourself in every free minute of your day — your road to work, during sports, while cleaning up, while cooking and much more.
Making up 2 hours per day for the solid consumption would some up in 4 weeks per year — a huge amount of time just on improving yourself!
“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” — Charles Richards
We all do have time.
Our daily lives and how we spend our lives overall are a representation of our priorities.
Next time you feel like saying you don’t have time for something, try to say that it is not a priority for you and take responsibility for your actions instead of being a victim of time.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. — Mae West