The Busy Man’s Guide to Getting it All Done
There is a story I absolutely love about an eccentric mentor who took on a student who was interesting in going into business for himself. The mentor had a great love for fishing, and invited his student to join him down by the river. When the student showed up to the river, the mentor immediately grabbed the student by the back of the head and forced him underwater. Of course the student flailed and kicked with all his might as he struggled to get his head back above the water. Finally, the mentor let the exasperated student up out of the water. As the student struggled to regain his senses, the mentor said to him, “This is my one and only lesson to you: When you want success as badly as you just wanted air, nothing will ever be able to stop you from getting it.”
Of course this story is fictional, but it brings to light a very important concept, namely that if we are ever going to accomplish our goals in life we are going to have to learn to focus.
I know that this can be a very difficult thing to do in this world of ours. There always seems to be something just waiting on the horizon to distract us, to “take us out of our zone” so to speak. We have families to take care of, lives to live, and of course the latest episode of our favorite television show to watch. And the Super Bowl is on today!
Still, until we are willing to make the fulfillment of our dreams a “do or die” priority, they’ll probably just keep getting kicked to the sidelines of our lives.
Many of us think that this all sounds great in concept but it would never actually work for us. We’re just too busy. We simply don’t have the time.
I understand, trust me. I’m a married man with five children, two of which are toddlers, and two of which are considered special needs. I have a day job. I took care of my parents when they neared the end of their lives. And someone always seems to need me to do something.
Nevertheless, I still managed to write a book. I still manage to write this blog (not as often as I’d like to but I’m working on that!). I still manage to read, exercise, and meditate everyday (or pretty close to it). How in the world do I get it all done?
Here are a few tricks that have worked for me:
I figured out exactly what it was that I wanted to do. I know this sounds pretty simple, but you’d be surprised how many people meander though life having no idea what they want to do. It’s pretty hard to focus and set a goal if you have no idea what you’re working towards! It took a little bit of time for me personally, but with much thought I was able to figure out that I really wanted to write a book.
I figured out what it would take to get where I wanted to go. Once I decided on the book goal, I concluded that in order to get this book written, I would need uninterrupted time to write, which led me to the next step…
I created the time to focus and get the job done. Notice I used the word “created”. Like I’ve mentioned before, I am not a person who has a ton of time just sitting around waiting to be used. But I wanted this badly enough that I started getting up an hour early (sometimes more) so that I could make sure I had uninterrupted time to write. Understand, I was already getting up at three in the morning to go to work. I made the jump to one or two just to make sure that I had time to get the job done. I was even getting up at four or five on my off days. That’s one way to create time. Another way is to stack up idle time. I’ve gotten pretty good at using this technique to ensure that I get at least thirty minutes of exercise every day. After all, thirty minutes is just ten minutes three times a day, or five minutes six times a day. You can get that done during commercials, before a shower, first thing in the morning, or right before bed!
The bottom line is we’re all busy, but if we are willing to put in just a little bit of time and focus and are willing to get a little bit creative we can all start working daily towards achieving our goals and making our dreams a reality.
Side note: After writing this blog, I am seriously considering writing a book about this topic.
We’ll talk again…