The Lie I Once Told Myself

86,400 seconds. 1,440 minutes. 24 hours. We all are gifted the same amount of time. Beyonce, Oprah, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg…they all have the same amount of time to make things happen as we do.

Just yesterday, I found myself whispering, “There is not enough time..” And then today, I realized something major…I really believe that I don’t have enough time! When did this happen?

Was it when I realized that I am running a growing business, planning the launch of another, putting in 20 hours a week into obtaining my doctorate, providing motherly duties…and still trying to be me? Or when I scrolled social media for the umteenth time in one day, dreaming about the day I’ll be able to live out of the country for months at a time like the other cool kids?

I don’t know when exactly I started telling myself that somehow I need more time in the day to build my empire. But this month, I made it a mission to track where I was putting my time. Just how many hours was I logging for a client? What about on my personal social media brand? And then, how much of my time was going to mindlessly browsing Amazon or binge-watching the next best Netflix series? When I watched my numbers, I realized I was wasting more than a couple hours a day doing things that did not aid in my personal or professional development. And so I stopped lying to myself, and I started being intentional about my time.

I purchased a better social media managing tool to manage the pages and profiles of my clients and my pages. I spend three hours Sunday night scheduling all post posts, so I really didn’t have a need to get lost in the thumb swiping sauce. I optimized my schedule to work on specific projects on certain days and for an allotted amount of time. I set my iPhone to remind me to get in bed on time so that my running mind (which is genius) would have time to settle down before my head hit my pillow.

It was that simple. I eliminated the limiting belief that I didn’t have enough time. The truth is, I wasn’t doing what I needed to do to make time work in my favor. If you can identify with this, let me know one thing you can take away from this read to maximize your time!