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Monday, September 6, 2010

Make Time for What Is Important

"It is time to make the time."

~Henry Dumas

How often have you said "I don't have time" or "I'll do it when I have time"?  Too often we make excuses about time.  While it is true that there is a finite number of hours in the day and often more demands on us than there is time to do them, there really IS time--for the things that are most important.  Unfortunately, we sometimes don't spend our time on the things that are most important.  We postpone those and instead busy ourselves with minor tasks or time wasters.  If something is important in your life, it is time to make the time. 

This week:  Spend 20 minutes planning your week.  Look at what the demands on your time are.  What things have you been postponing saying you "don't have enough time."  Look honestly at them and ask yourself "If I keep postponing doing this, what will be the result?  How important is this to me?"  Evaluate all of your tasks for the week this way.  Start postponing the ones that are not as important.  Even if you don't have a block of time to spend on an important task, begin to do some small step toward accomplishing it.  Notice how that feels to you.  Sometimes when we pay attention to what is really important and "make the time" for it, we rediscover a passion that had been lying dormant. 

Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and certified trainer at the Inner Resource Center, LLC.  She specializes in helping people overcome the obstacles to their success and happiness and begin living more meaningful lives.  She is the creator of the Discover Your Life's Purpose: 7 Steps to a Life of Meaning & Authencity program as well as the Banish Self Sabotage series.  For more information go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/


Sue said...

I'm always saying that we all have the same amount of time in the day, it's what we DO with it that makes the difference. Ugh, guess it's time to push forward the "new pics" thing for my website, LOL!

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate your post. Honing in on the important always seems to uncover some of that time that we think is lost ... why else would we always say that we have to find it?

I found some time this week - called Thursday - and I'm using it to go wade the stream!

Linda Pucci, PhD said...

And I bet that will really make a difference in how you view your time this week, Jeff! Enjoy!

creativelyfit said...

Love your specific advice. I love being told what to do (well, sometimes). But in this case YES! ALSO, in case any of you are interested, the new moon was early this morning and today/tomorrow are great times to set new intentions or establish new habits.I am just tuning in to this aspect of synchronizing with the natural world and it feels like a "good thing". Thank you for this!