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How To Make Time For Your Goals

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One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when they decide to work online is telling themselves they don’t have enough time. This kind of attitude is already creating a defeated mentality. One where it’s ok to give up on your goals. But that’s not ok, because everyone deserves to achieve their goals.

So today I want to talk about how to make time for your goals…

Unfortunately one of the biggest challenges we face as humans is that we tend to put ourselves last. And as such our goals suffer because we say we’ll get to them tomorrow, or next week, or in a month. And before you know it, 5 years has flashed by and you’re wondering where all that time went?

I get it, you’ve had a busy day at work and when you come home all you want to do is “netflix and chill”. Or it gets to the end of the week and you just want to forget about all your problems at “Friday night drinks”.

Believe me, I’ve been there.

I was working anywhere from 50-90 hours a week as a BDM. So yes, I know what it’s like to be exhausted come the weekend. And all you want to do is pretend work doesn’t exist for those few days of freedom you have. The problem with this is that you end up getting stuck in a vicious cycle.

And just like Gary Vee said, if you’re living for weekends and holidays your s%&* is broken!

This video was a wake up call for me and it led me on a path to finding a new way of life. One where I spend every single day doing what I love and am so excited about working on my goals.

So what can you do differently?

Well you can start by learning how to make time for your goals. Get clear on what they are, make sure you actually want them, and then ditch the excuses and start today!

If you’re still stuck here’s my top 15 tips for learning how to make time for your goals…

1. Use Your Mornings and/or Nights

You’ll be amazed how much more you can accomplish just by adding a few extra hours to your day. And I know you might be thinking “but I’m exhausted, I need that extra sleep.” Believe me, when you start seeing results you’ll realise it’s 1000% worth it! Start small, even if it’s only 30 minutes extra, then work your way up as you need.

When I used to work at the bank I was never a morning person. I used to hit that snooze button right up until the last second because I couldn’t stand the idea of facing another work day. But as soon as I had a new sense of purpose and realised my goals were attainable it’s amazing how my mindset shifted. Before long I was waking up at 4am and didn’t even need an alarm anymore. I started my day working on my goals and finished my day working on my goals. And everything else in the middle (work) stopped being so draining because I was actually excited about life again.

2. Use Your Lunch Hour and Coffee Breaks

Pass up invitations from colleagues to join them for lunch. Instead, pack your lunch, eat at your desk, and use your lunch hour to complete that next step in your online training, contact those potential clients, set up your social media accounts, write that blog post… or take some step toward the achievement of your goals. Every spare minute you get during your work day is precious time you could be using to work on your goals.

But lunch is the only time of my work day that I actually enjoy.” I know, I know. It was the part of the day where I got to catch up with my friends, go shopping, gossip, catch up on my social media. But think about it. If you had to skip a few lunch dates now, to never have to work in that crappy job again, would it be worth it? I can say it was definitely worth it for me!

3. Use Your Commute

No matter how you commute to work, there’s ways you can turn that otherwise dead time into goal smashing time! Think about this for a moment. It takes the average worker 26 minutes to commute to work each day. That’s abut an hour a day. 5 hours a week if you work a normal Monday to Friday job. Assuming you take your 4 weeks leave, that’s 48 weeks of commuting so 240 hours a year potentially wasted! Or 240 hours of quality goal smashing… you decide.

Here’s some examples of what I used to do on my commute. When I was driving I would listen to podcasts or training recordings, if I was on public transport I would read, connect with clients, create content etc.

4. Cut Out One Activity

Take a good hard look at how you’re spending your time. What activity can you cut out of your schedule in order to make time so that you can work on your goals?

The most obvious activities to cut out are watching TV, playing games online, and hanging out on the internet — watching  cat videos, scrolling through your FB/IG feeds, reading celebrity news, and so on.

5. Make Your Most Important Goal a Priority

Sometimes, in order to do something of high value—such as working on your most important goal—, you have to give up something of lower value. What you’re giving up may be important to you—such as your book club, or your PTA volunteering hours-, but it’s not as important as your goal, so you give it up.

After all, you can’t find the time to do it all, but you can find the time to do what’s most important to you.

6. Plan Your Time Effectively

Get organised and start using a daily planner. When you schedule in time to work on your goals you’ll be able to see exactly when you’ll be working on it instead of just leaving it to chance. Remember, you don’t even need huge amounts of time, but something is always better than nothing. Say you had 5 x 15 minute gaps throughout your day, that’s a whole extra hour you can dedicate to your goals instead of wasting on mindless tasks.

7. Set a Quota

When you set yourself an amount of time to work on a goal then you generally feel guilty if you don’t finish that goal in the set amount of time. And let’s face it things can take longer than we initially planned. So sometimes it works better to set a daily quota instead.

For example:

  • Instead of telling yourself that you need to do 45 minutes of daily cardio, tell yourself that you need to take 10,000 steps throughout the day.
  • Rather than telling yourself that you need to write for an hour each day, set the quota of writing one blog post per day.
  • Instead of telling yourself that you need to spend 1 hour connecting with people, set the quota of reaching out to 50 people per day.

Each day make sure that you meet your quota. Some days will be easier than others. On the slow days make peace with the fact that you’re going to leave some stuff on your to do list undone.

8. Set Very Small Goals

If you’re insanely busy, make your goal quota very small. It’s better to work on something every single day and see constant progress, than to simply do nothing because you feel like you don’t have time.

9. Be a Weekend Warrior

You’ve heard of weekend warriors: people who don’t get much exercise during the week but spend their weekends jogging, hiking, hitting the gym to lift weights, and so on. If your weekdays are so hectic that you can’t possibly work on your goals from Monday to Friday, then be a weekend warrior when it comes to achieving your goals.

I used to love using my weekends to work on my business. I could be so productive and with many planning and scheduling tools I could plan out a whole week’s worth of content on a weekend and then if I did have a really busy week at work I didn’t have to feel guilty because I knew I was still actively working towards my goals.

10. Learn to say NO

If you’re spending a lot of time doing things you don’t really want to do just to please other people, stop! This is a huge drain on your time and isn’t going to get you anywhere. Unless you absolutely want to do something, it’s ok to say no. Learn to put yourself above others and your goals will become so much more attainable. If you’re worried about what other people will think, remember your true friends will support you no matter what. And anyone else is only going to hold you back anyway so it’s ok to move on from them.

11. Negotiate for Time

Look for areas where you may be able to negotiate to get more time back.

  • Try negotiating with your employer to work longer hours Monday to Thursday, and then take Fridays off.
  • See if you can come up with a work from home agreement so you don’t spend as much time commuting.
  • If you have a lot of household chores negotiate with other people in the house to pick up some of the slack.

12. Work On Your Mindset

Keep in mind that making time to work on your goals is, to a large extent, about psychological discipline. A lot of the reasons that we use to explain why we don’t have time to work on our goals are just excuses that we’re using to avoid the hard work of writing, exercising, learning a new skill, and so on.

After all, cleaning the fridge is easy; creating an eBook that others will want to buy can be hard. Especially when you don’t believe in yourself.

You need to develop the psychological discipline to work on your goals, even if your inner critic is screaming at the top of its lungs that there’s something more important to do. What could really be more important than ensuring a life of happiness by working on your goals?

Come up with a daily mantra to repeat whenever you feel like you’re mindset is crumbling. For example – “Winners work on their goals; everyone else makes excuses.”

At the end of the day, you are the only person capable of reaching your goals. So now that you know how to make time for your goals what are you going to work on first?

 

How To Make Time For Your Goals

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