All you have is now.

Every day, we think of many new ideas, but rarely do they turn into a reality. Why don't most of our ideas ever become something more? A wise man once said there are no good ideas, only good executions. What good is a million dollar idea if no effort put behind it to make it come to reality? So I reflected on one of the reasons commonly used by people use to excuse their lack of action.

The Excuse:

Some of the common phrases that come to mind are, I don’t have time or if I only had more hours in the day, then I could work on my ideas more or even better, I just don’t know where it all goes.

The Routine:

Many start their morning by getting their daily coffee and get ready to work. But by the time they get settled, they get pulled into meetings that somehow always take up more time than expected. Before long, it’s lunch followed by the crash in energy that most people experience in the afternoon. After counting off the minutes till they get off work, they find themselves stuck in traffic. So after such a long day, relaxing by watching TV seems as the natural way to end the day.

So where did all the time go? How can one possibly find any extra time to work their other interests? But the reality is that we all have the same amount of time – about 1440 minutes every day for anyone. Let’s focus on this fact for a second – so if there’s fixed amount of time for everyone, then how come some people are able to take action and some can’t? A Fortune 500 CEO, an author, a mom, a musician, an artist, you and me have a opportunity every day to do something worthwhile.

Being a college student myself, I often feel I don’t have enough time to even finish what I need to do. How can I even start to do what I really want to do with my ideas? I see the enormous amount of work that some people can get done and this lead me to pay attention to my activities and keep track of where my minutes go. As expected, instead of taking action, I mindlessly used my most valuable resource on things that did not even matter.

The Challenge:

You do have time. But for whom much is given, much is also expected in return. If you are not using the time you do have wisely, do not expect to have more time. So the next time you find yourself wishing you had more time or thinking you would do more when you do find the time, stop and trace through the events over the past week. This should give a good trend of where your time goes and paints a good picture of your priorities.

Action Steps -

  • Create a two column list that separates the activities in your daily routine into things that are productive and things that are not.
  • Your next course of action would be to add a few things to your productivity list. This could include anything from reading a book, taking a course or making a few phone calls that would help you in turning that idea into a reality.
  • Next, find one thing in your list of non-productive things and exclude it from your weekly routine. It's important to start small. This allows you to have a period of adjustment so you are not shocked into a totally different routine. When you see that you can live without spending that extra time doing one meaningless task, it encourages you to keep the momentum going.
  • In the time you would normally spend doing that one non-productive thing, look at the list of meaningful things you could be doing. Pick one and why not see what you can get done in that time?

 Share your thoughts…

If you did have more time, what would you do with it? Can you find at least an hour in your day to start taking action?