Need More Time?

by Jesse Giglio in

Not going to happen.  

One of the challenging realities we all face of time is that you'll never be able to aquire any more than you have, you can't make it, just of it.  The upside is that the amount you have is enough.


Seth Godin recently noted that, "You don't need more time, you need to decide."

On top of my faith, family, practice...I'm a tad creative obsessive.  My ideas wait in block-wrapping queues, clutching numbers, hoping there'll be enough for them when they're called. Possibilities fill my pockets in loosely wadded basketballs, moleskines wear, folders collect eclectic...

That said, if you're anything like me, hopefully you're not, it's terribly exhausting, here are a few practical actions (practions?) that have granted me a bit more productivity.

Cut Social Media Notifications. - For me this is mainly the Facebook.  Sure I enjoy interacting with friends and people I don't know over hip pictures and open ended statements begging a comment but not at the expense of my focus.  For instance, is your saucy, diaper clad two-year-old riding a dog donning sunglasses covered in noodles described as "Spaghetti Western" worth a "Like"?  Yes.  Do I need "LOL! So Cute!"s filling my inbox?  No.  Social Media's wonderful, use it, enjoy it, visit it, just don't let it direct your life.

Break away from reactionary flow. - Do what you set out to do and don't stop until you're done or intentionally decide to.  Constantly reacting to the persistent inflow of emails, phone, tags, mentions or texts deprive your efficiency and focus.

Zap the app. - If you find yourself playing Words With Friends under the table at dinner or Angry Birds in the bathroom during an evening with friends, they probably need to go.  

Unsubscribe. - Do you wake up to 33 hot new emails every morning?  Not a good way to start the day.  Take some time and unsubscribe to all those solicitations that have crept in.  UrbanOutfitters, ONE, Orbitz...all things I like but don't need to hear from everyday.   If you need something, find it when you do.  Clear the daily clutter.

Wait to create. - If you're a wanna-be blogger type like me, actual writer or other amateur creative person it can be helpful to define your creation workspace.  For instance, pinpoint the half-hour that you're going to write a post and think about it all day leading up.  This allows you to hit it hard and efficiently without having to flounder through time consuming brainstorms.  

Cheers and Good Luck.