If you don’t make time, you won’t make it happen

Published: 8th July 2020

If you don’t make time, you won’t make it happen

Let’s face it, we all have those things on our to-do lists that we never actually get around to doing. We all have dreams and ideas that we categorise as 'nice to haves' and assume will never come to fruition. The reason for this? Typically it’s a perceived lack of time. 

Our days are already packed with work, family life, friendships and various commitments so sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done without adding more projects to the mix.

In reality, you’re never going to just ‘find’ the time to dedicate to a personal development programme, to study towards extra qualifications to help you progress in your career, or even just time to spend in the gym or out running without making the time. If you really want to achieve something and take that step forward then you simply must take proactive steps to carve out your calendars.

It might mean some form of sacrifice like an earlier get up, later nights or cancelling personal commitments in the evening, sometimes this is inevitable. A better and more sustainable option however, is to start reflecting on what you’re currently doing and look at using the resources and team mates around you.

Creating a default work diary or a delegation plan to pass on some responsibility will not only help increase your own capacity but it could potentially contribute to the development of other colleagues. I’m sure many of us are guilty of falling in the trap of thinking 'if you want something doing right, do it yourself' but this reasoning will always ensure you have limited capacity, so it’s important to remember you can let go sometimes for the greater good.

Ultimately, if you keep telling yourself you’re too busy you’ll never make time. Plan and push yourself to dedicate windows of opportunity to work on the new things you want to achieve and you’ll feel fulfilled, productive, motivated and happy, which will in turn spur you on to achieve more and keep progressing.