I just don’t have the time…
is probably a little lie we tell ourselves. Quite often.
I catch myself saying things like, “If I had more time, I’d read more books.”
“If I had more time, I’d do _________.”
And it’s … really not true.
Between NXT Take Over New Orleans, Wrestlemania 34, Raw, Smackdown Live, and the Andre the Giant documentary, I’ve watched over 10 hours of wrestling this past week.
Not to mention the rabbit hole of hours poured into Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
If we were to honestly assess ourselves and how we spend our time — we probably see that there actually is enough time in the day to do the things we lament about not doing because of the lack of time.
We will spend time on the things we want to; what we give priority to.
I was told that your budget and your schedule or moral documents because they reveal what your priorities are; where your heart is.
If I were to look at what I spent time on last week, it be hard pressed not to admit that wrestling — of all things — was a top priority. I mean, I skipped through a lot of things but if I watched everything, it would’ve been 16 hours of wrestling (and I don’t want to add the hours I spent in the past week on Zelda…) And believe me, if I didn’t catch myself, I’d have the audacity to lament that I didn’t have enough time to read or write or do something I’d want to do.
The other side of that is — if I don’t prioritize what is important — others will prioritize for me. So instead of setting my schedule, my schedule is set for me and I’ll be running around like a chicken without its head.
Obviously time management is something I struggle with.
And in order to bring about real change, I have to admit that I need change.
It’s like grace: it’s not transformative until we confess the need for grace.
And we can’t confess the need for grace until we acknowledge that we actually — and really– need grace.
That’s why the first step of a recovery process is to admit you have a problem. You can’t start the process of change until you admit that there’s change that needs to happen in your life.
So this is my admitting to having a problem of not being a good time manager. And a declaration that I’m going to be intentional.
So two small things I’m going to start with is this (from Craig Groeschel):
1. Schedule your values. Prioritize what is most important to you. Good time management doesn’t mean you do more, it means you do more of what matters most. The difference between the values you embrace and the life you live equals the frustration you experience. Determine your non-negotiables—they go on the calendar first. Invest your best in what matters most.
2. Say ‘no’ to many small things to say ‘yes’ to a few big things. The barrier to a meaningful life for most leaders is not a lack of commitment, but over-commitment. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re doing the right things. Just because you can do something does not mean you should do something. At Life.Church, one of the core values is “To reach people no one is reaching, we have to do things no one is doing.” Conversely, you also need to not do the things everyone else is doing. Do the things which give you the highest return on your time and energy investment.
“Whenever you say yes to anything, there is less of you for something else. Make sure your yes is worth the less.” – Louie Giglio
Maybe it’s worth for you to monitor your schedule closely for two weeks and see how you spend your time. You might end up surprised about how much time you actually have and how it might be wasted on things that give no life.
What I’m learning is not that I don’t have enough time but that I choose to spend a lot of time doing the wrong things.
Let’s hope that changes.
Or… help me build a flux capacitor, then I’ll have all the time in the world.