I don’t have time.
Are you saying that when you’re thinking of launching a podcast, creating a new course, or being asked to speak at a free event?
Time is tight. You only have 24 hours in the day and no matter what Gary Vee says, you can’t hustle 24/7.
You’ve got work to do. Children to take care of. Plus the whole business of eating, sleeping, and taking time off to rest and recharge your batteries.
When you think of adding anything new to your plate (no matter how exciting it is), you immediately say “I don’t have time for this, too.”
I totally get it.
What if “I don’t have time” is just another excuse your mind throws at you to keep you stuck in your comfort zone?
You Have More Time Than You Think
When I first realised that coaching was my calling, I resisted the idea. I was already spread so thin. I was running a skin coaching business full time, taking on the odd freelance writing gig, and barely had any time left for my partner and friends.
But this idea wouldn’t leave me alone. For a whole year, that little voice inside me was nudging me, telling me to give it a go.
But, where would I find the time to get my qualifications?
I decided to carve out a couple of hours on a Wednesday afternoon to look for potential courses I could take. I straight away signed up for one and spent one hour every morning watching the lessons and doing my assignments.
There, I had found the time.
And I still had plenty more for my full-time job and romantic dates with my boyfriend. This new schedule wasn’t affecting my productivity or relationships at all.
If the time is there, what is really holding you back from going after your dreams?
Why “I Don’t Have Time” Is An Excuse
I had proven to myself I had the time to pursue the things I was truly passionate about. So, why didn’t I take the plunge earlier?
I was scared.
I had no idea how to get started.
I didn’t know if I had what it takes to be a coach and create a thriving business.
It was too hard.
I was afraid of failing.
I was afraid of succeeding and not being able to handle it.
And so, it’s easier to just say I’m too busy and can’t take this on, too.
Can you relate to this? Are you using time as an excuse for not doing something that excites you and scares you at the same time?
“I don’t have time” is code for “I don’t want to do it.” I don’t want to deal with the fear, the doubts, the insecurities…
But if you don’t face all that, your dreams will remain just that… dreams. If you can’t bear that thought, let’s ditch the excuses and find the time.
How To Stop Using The “I Don’t Have Time” Excuse
Next time you think you don’t have the time to work on that new exciting project, follow these tips to find extra hours in your day you never knew you had:
1. Make It A Priority
If it’s a priority for you, you’ll find the time. If not, you’ll find an excuse.
Every time I make another Deliveroo order, I tell my partner, “I don’t have time to cook! I’m working!”. But, the truth is, I wouldn’t cook even if I had a day off. I hate cooking. It’s just not a priority for me.
If that’s how you feel about your new side hustle or business, get honest with yourself, admit it’s not a priority, and move on.
But if your dream won’t leave you alone, if this is something that excites you and scares you at the same time, make it a priority.
TAKE ACTION NOW
Think about a project you’d love to do, but don’t have time for. Now, answer these questions:
- Why do you want to do this project?
- How will doing this change your life?
- How will it improve other people’s lives?
- Why is it important for you to do it now?
If you have a strong why, all your excuses will fall away.
2. Start Small
When your project is too big and ambitious, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Can you really dedicate a few months or a year of your life to this project? Too. Much. Commitment.
Instead, start small. Break your big goal down into small steps that only require a few minutes/one hour per day. An example?
Maybe you don’t have the time to create a website. But, you have time to buy a domain name, write copy for the homepage, or select a template for your website.
You don’t have to create the whole thing in one go. Taking one small a day will get you closer to your goal much faster than you ever thought possible. Progress is a marathon, not a sprint.
TAKE ACTION NOW
What’s the smallest step you can take to get started? Do that now.
3. Schedule It In Your Calendar
Now you’ve broken down your goals into small, actionable daily steps, it’s time to put them in your calendar. If it’s not scheduled, it doesn’t get done.
Once something is scheduled, it becomes a non-negotiable. This is why we started with getting clear on what your priorities are.
You know this is something you want to do and you’ve set aside time in your calendar to do it. Now you have no more excuses. When the time comes, take a deep breath, count to five, and go do it.
TAKE ACTION NOW
- Break your big goal down into small, daily steps.
- Schedule them in your calendar.
- When the time comes, take a deep breath, count to five, and do it!
Wrapping It Up
“I don’t have time” is just an excuse your brain creates to keep you stuck in your comfort zone. Connecting to your why is key to get past it. When you make something a priority, you’ll always find the time for it.
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