Archive for May 5, 2015

createbetterYou’ve been reading up to this point, you may have even been getting ideas, even getting a little excited, but then the “but” shows up. “But I don’t have time to create.” Yes you do. Just like anything else, you just have to get creative.

Each of us has 24 hours in a day, 168 hours a week. From the richest person to the poorest, time is the great equalizer. The question is how will you use that time? It comes down to priorities and choices. A better life is available for those who choose to make the time. Here are a few suggestions:

1.It’s not all or nothing. A lot of people feel that because they can’t manage to carve out these beautiful three hour time slots for creativity, that they don’t have time. Three hours is hard to come by, but can you find a half hour? Fifteen minutes? Of course you can! You just have to make the choice. Get six half hour slots and you’ve got your three hours. What could you accomplish in three hours a week. By the time I finish this project in just 48 days I will have written a small book, mainly using time slots no more than an hour. You can accomplish a great deal in a short period of time if you’ll decide to make the time.

2. Be focused. Pick one idea (two at the most) and finish it. I know I am restating this, but it bears repeating. If you get other ideas, record them in the way that works best for you, but focus on getting one thing (or two) done and released to the public.

3. Accountability is huge. There have been quite a few times during this project when I just didn’t feel like writing, but I made a very public commitment on this channel that I was going to post something daily. Feeling like you might let someone down can be a great motivator. Blogging your progress is not the right decision for every one, but you could partner with someone else who is trying to create a better life and check up on each other, keeping each other on task, even if your goals are not even close to being the same.

4. Pick the right time. Commitments are huge and picking the right ones is even bigger. We’re creating a better life, so it’s important to remember what’s most important in our lives. You don’t want to sacrifice the precious moments, the family moments, you want to slash away at wasted time. How much time could you find if you cut back your TV time? Social media time? Video game time? Personally I am a little ADD so when we have the TV on, I usually have a sketch book in my lap. I need quiet for writing so for writing, I take advantage of…

5. Get up earlier. Not by much, you need your sleep, but get up a half hour or an hour earlier and you will gain three and a half to seven hours a week. For some going to bed a half an hour to an hour later will accomplish the same thing.

These are just a few ideas, there are many more. The point is, you do have time to create a better life, you just need to find the time.

Make the time. The life you create will be worth it.