Ooofff…this hit a little hard this morning. I began thinking of all the excuses I’ve thrown out there lately and I came up with a very long list.
For example, why haven’t I been writing? My mornings were so productive and focused when I would sit down, pull a quote, write what came to mind, and practice gratitude. My excuses were what I assume are typical for most everyone. “I don’t have the time anymore. I’m not getting up as early. I have to get this project done. The laundry needs done. The kids need taken care of. I have to finish this thing. I’ll start tomorrow. I’ll start next week.”
Let’s start with the infamous “I don’t have time.” Two weeks ago my mentor challenged me to keep track of every hour of my day. I wrote down everything from preparing a meal to laundry to kids to TV to work to phone games. By the end of the week I had 21 hours that were wasted doing un-productive, time sucking things. Last week, I kept track again. The awareness from the week before made me choose to be more productive. I had 12 hours of wasted time. Now, I’m not counting sleeping. I’m looking at my typical day from rise and shine to settle down for the night.
I do have time. It was clearly staring me right in the face. All I needed to do was adjust a few things and get back to my regular wake up time. And here I am, writing in the mornings again.
How about “I’m not getting up as early.” Some people are naturally night owls who rise a bit later than the rest of the world. Maybe you’re a shift worker and don’t have “mornings” like other people do. Getting up early just means moving your waking time a smidge earlier. If you are used to waking up at 7am, try 6:30am. If you are a shift worker who sleeps during the day, instead of getting up at 5pm, try getting up at 4:30pm. A half an hour can make a HUGE difference in your ability to have a successful day. The only thing that I would suggest consistently doing in that half hour window of “waking up early” is to practice gratitude. If you do nothing else, I guarantee practicing gratitude for 15-20 minutes will start your day off on the right foot.
Another of my nemesis excuses “I’ll start it tomorrow” or “I’ll start it next week, next month, next quarter”. What’s really going to be different tomorrow? Will some magical fairy come into my house and clean everything and take away all my chores? No. Will people just walk up to me and say, “I want to do what you do. Can you show me how to build a business?” No. Will the bank just magically put money into my account because they care? No! Will a personal chef come in and prepare all my healthy choices for the week? No. All of these things require me to do something every day and if I don’t start today, then I’ve just missed another opportunity for success….again.
That’s why I sit here this morning, writing my daily journal thoughts and sharing them with all of you. I know what to do, I know what my excuses are, and I know that they are just distractions that are keeping me from being successful and helping others.
I am grateful for my ability to realize what my hang-ups are. I am grateful for the half hour of quiet time to focus on sharing my thoughts. I am grateful for everyone who actually reads what I write. And I am grateful for the blessings that will come my way.
If you are struggling with the excuses or procrastination or just plain lack of motivation, I would love to help you see where you can find your time, reclaim it, and use it to move into a better space where life doesn’t have to be so hard. Let’s find out what service I can offer that will change your struggles to success stories.