Time is slippery.
There are some seasons where time drags by and other seasons where time flies.
They say time flies when you are having fun, most likely because you become distracted in the focus of what you are enjoying, which makes time move quickly.
“I didn’t have enough time to finish,” says the high school student who wasn’t disciplined enough to use their time wisely because the project was boring to them.
“I simply ran out of time,” says the man enthralled in his hobby and didn’t schedule appropriately.
Time ticks by the same way it has since the beginning. It is the most consistent thing in life. And yet, it becomes an excuse for most not because time changes, but rather because of our own self-control or lack of planning.
Quite possibly, our work has nothing to do with time, but rather with focused engagement. When we don’t enjoy what we are doing (and have a lack of passion) then time becomes an excuse for us. “We ran out of time” means that we put it off until the last minute because we were dreading it and thus ran out of time to hit the deadline.
When we do love our work then we can become obsessed by it and miss appointments because of our focus.
How do you manage time? Are you bored with your work or enthralled? For most, it is a mixture. Some hate administrative work, while some love it. Some love to brainstorm, while others abhor it.
I absolutely dread administrative work and usually put it off until the stack of receipts becomes the leaning tower of expenses. That is when I deal with it. Surely there is a better way.
Here are some thoughts that you can take or leave:
- What % of your work do you love and what % do you despise? Make a list of good and the bad. Then put a % by each section. Do you love your job % wise more than you despise it?
- What areas do you find are difficult to do because either you are not good at that part of your job or you despise it? Is there a practical way to delegate or deal with those areas?
- Do you use excuses about time when it is really an issue of your focus?
Admit the areas you are bad at, make a plan to delegate or commit to getting them done and watch your productivity increase.
It is not time’s fault that you missed your deadline. You are either in the wrong job, wrong role or you are obsessed by what you are doing and forgot to come up for air.
When you get real with time you will find you have enough time to get what you need to get done.