Let's face it, I think every one of us at some time in our lives have said, "There just aren't enough hours in the day for everything I need to get done." But, is that really true? Are there minutes, or even hours in the day that you could be using to get stuff done, but you're just not taking advantage of those times. I know for me (Frankie) that has been the real problem.
I've always gotten up between 5 and 5:30 am. I usually don't go for my walk until around 6:30 am, just as the sun is starting to come up, so I was left with an hour to an hour and a half of "free" time. What I was doing with that time was getting on Facebook, checking my emails, messing around on Google; in other words, wasting my time.
About a month ago I started getting up and taking that hour to an hour and a half to clean the kitchen, throw in a load of laundry, or write a blog or Facebook post for Coffee Talk Consulting. I started noticing that I was finishing my work earlier in the day. This was nice. I was getting to the end of my workday and instead of scrambling to get the kitchen cleaned before I started dinner or getting a blog or Facebook post written for CTC the next day, I was able to quit work early, have everything done, be ahead on some of my work, and be left with some real "free" time to relax and do whatever I wanted without feeling guilty or messing up my workday.
Look around in your day. Is there 30 minutes, maybe an hour somewhere in there that you could use to do something productive? Maybe that thing you just haven't been able to get done, you can get done if you take those few minutes of "free" time and get off Facebook and do it. If you're like me you're probably never going to get everything done that you feel you need to each day, but if you look for those wasted minutes in each day and make a choice to use them wisely, I bet you'll get things done that have been on your to-do list for forever.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.