Creating Time When You Have None



We all want more time to do the things we love.

That’s what everyone wants. And it’s understandable. We live busy lives. We’re rushed and unsatisfied. We work too much.

Yet we believe that if we just do things faster or more of it, we’ll reach a place where we have ample, undisturbed time to start the things we really want to do.

But it never happens.

And we tell ourselves that we need to work harder, because obviously we’re doing something wrong, right?

After so much time spent doing this, we begin to give up. We begin to say, well, this just isn’t in the cards for me. Other people have time to live their lives, but not me. I have to work.

But it isn’t just work, it’s everything.

It’s commuting to and from jobs, sitting a third of your life in a cubicle, all to pay for preposterously large homes, cleaning and maintaining said preposterously large homes, after school sports, PTA meetings, eating out, hours spent sitting in front of televisions, scrolling social media feeds, shopping online for the next thing that will definitely make us happy. Probably. Sort of.

And after we’ve crammed of all of this into a single day, we lament the fact that it’s time to go to bed and we never got a chance to read a novel or start writing one, to quietly listen to that album that moves our soul, to catch up with old friends, in real life.

And then we do it the next day.

I’m a fan of buckets, so let’s use a bucket anthology.

Your life is in some sense…a bucket. It can only hold so much. You may want to pour the entire beach into it, but it is a small vessel and no matter how hard you try, you will only be able to put in so much. You have to be selective. You have to choose what is most important.

If your bucket is full, you’re going to have to pour some out.

No matter how many books you’ve heard about for mastering speed reading, or 20 minute exercise routines, or four hour work weeks, your answer lies not in doing your already overloaded daily schedule faster. It’s in doing less of it.

You need to decide what’s more important to you, maintaining the life you already have; the one where you complain about working too much and have too little time for yourself, or doing the things you’ve always known were what you should really be doing.

You’re going to have to look at your life and decide if your identity as an overworked, exasperated person is more important to you than doing the things you were meant to do. If telling all your friends and coworkers that you are just so busy is somehow worth worth missing out on life.

You’re going to have to pour some of your bucket out.

Take out the giant home and the huge mortgage, the car payment, the just released gadget, the must have subscription plan. Take out the over-demanding job to pay for all that, the junk food binges to release some endorphins into your system every once in awhile because your daily routine leaves you empty and depressed.

Take those out and now you’ll notice, there’s a little more room in your bucket.

A little more room to pour in some things you’ve always wanted to do, but put off until Sunday night at 10:30, or retirement, or never.

Then you’ll have found all the time you were searching for.


2 Responses to “Creating Time When You Have None

  • Nice one, and dead on the mark. Simply avoiding getting caught up in the million and one ways of spending money and time together really ends up creating a kind of time that isn´t dependent on anything much for its enjoyment.

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