Feeling the midweek drag? Wondering if Friday is ever going to finally roll around? Tired of trudging through each day, all the while hoping the weekend goes by nice and slow?
No? Me neither.
I might have thought to myself once as a child, “good golly, it’s only Tuesday!” But since I’ve been an adult for the better part of my life now, it feels like the weeks fly by. One moment I’m waking up on Monday morning and then the next thing I know it’s Sunday evening. Usually I’m scratching my head as I crawl in to bed, wondering where all my time went.
I hear others say they feel the same way, and I’ve heard a number of the theories about why our days seem to slip past so rapidly (we’re more aware of time as adults, this day-and-age is go, go, go, there’s so many more distractions, etc.). Regardless of the reason, I do know that whether time is really going by faster or I just perceive it to be, I don’t want to waste the moments I’ve been given.
When it comes to making the most of my time, I use the following three tools:
- The weekly schedule (which is less boring and rigid then it might sound)
- The weekly goal chart (to help me form new habits and grow personally)
- The to-do list (specific things I want to accomplish during my work time each day)
Listening to motivational speakers, like Zig Ziglar, has really helped me to understand that you don’t achieve your goals on accident, or by doing the same-old same-old day in and day out. You’ve got to write down your goals, form an action plan, and take it one step at a time. Creating the schedule, chart, and to-do list helps me keep it all together so that each day I can get one step closer to having a published novel.
And with as quickly as time flies, I don’t want to let another day go by without being on the journey!
If you feel like you’re running out of time to achieve your goals, I challenge you to take a deep breath, relax, and create your own personal schedule. It may seem impossible at first (who doesn’t have a ton on their plate?), but you might be surprised to find what some rearranging and a little bit of sacrifice can open up throughout your day. Who needs an hour of videos when you could be using that hour to help your dream become a reality? (Unless, of course, your dream is to be a video editor and you’re using that hour to study other peoples’ work, but you get the point.) 🙂
What new habits could you form (or old ones you could cut) to create more room in your schedule for working on your goals? Do you schedule your days already? What works for you?
Wishing you all the best.