Finding time when there is none…

Why does time go so quickly? Why do we seem to keep saying ‘there’s not enough time in a day’?

These are questions I grapple with regularly.

As part of my job, I spend a considerable amount of time travelling, meeting with clients and completing work assignments. Usually during the week, I have a small amount of time in the evening to work-out and have dinner with the team, but considering I live a generally mundane weeknight life, I am usually ready for bed by 10pm.

Weekends are variant, and while in some months I may spend three weekends in the same place, other months I am not at home at all.

That often leads me to the question — how do I incorporate the other things that I enjoy doing (especially reading and writing) into my day without wildly changing my routine?

Finding your anchor

I recently saw an Instagram post by Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) on ‘Finding your anchor’. Dwayne has a full-time acting career (blockbuster movies and TV series), multiple sponsorship deals and commitments (Ford, Under-Armour to name a few), his own business (Seven Bucks Production) and is also a family man. If anyone needed more time in a day, it would be him.

The post resonated with me because at its core, it’s about finding time to focus on yourself, even when you are relied upon by others. In the journey of personal development, carving out time for yourself is critical.

Dwayne uses this time every day to focus, make decisions and carry out business that perhaps gets neglected during the normal day(if you can call his days normal). For him, this is usually between 3am and 5am — even as a morning person, I can’t subscribe to those sorts of hours.

However, the lesson of finding time to focus on things outside of work and family that are of benefit to my personal happiness and growth is what I have taken. I started this at the start of last week, waking up at 6am daily to give myself 90 minutes to focus on myself and any personal activities or business that I need to take care of before my day properly begins.

What has this time helped me to do?

The time I have spent this week focussing on myself in the mornings has helped me make several decisions pertaining to my personal and professional growth, and helped define some key steps that I need to take over the next few months to achieve some of my 2017 goals.

Amongst this is creating a regular writing cycle whereby I am posting more regularly, including lessons I have learnt from my recent reading.

I have also developed a roadmap of content that I plan to publish on Medium over the coming months. So stay tuned!

Catch up with the goals I outlined at the beginning of 2017

At the start of 2017 I outlined a series of activities/goals that I wanted to achieve.

How am I doing? In a word: Okay.

I have been running about 4 miles a week on average, am on my fourth book of the year (which I will be writing about in a future post), and have been able to practice a little bit of Spanish in Madrid) — practice should be taken loosely.

Unfortunately, spending time on Coding has been a relative non-starter.

However, by finding my anchor, I am hoping to install some of these activities into the 90-minute window I have carved out each morning.

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Ponder points: Are you spending enough time on yourself and achieving your goals?

How do you manage the numerous spinning plates in your lives?

Do you have a technique that’s different but effective?

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