It’s a misconception that we find the time. It’s also a misconception that we make the time.

When something shows up that needs to be done, or, the moment you decide you want to do something, you don’t find or make the time. It doesn’t work that way.

You and I both know how many hours there are in a day. We passed first grade.

Time management is simple. It is deciding what you deem important and what you deem more important.

Mind blowing, right?

Nothing is less important, because if you decided you want to do it, you obviously value it enough to give it some importance otherwise you wouldn’t have put it on your list of things to do.

The thing that defines whether you do one thing over another is no science, it’s how you categorise it.

Take blogging. You either blog. Or you don’t. If you’re reading this instead of blogging it’s because you inherently value reading more than writing in this moment. If you’re putting off writing (or drawing, or building, or cleaning, or shopping, or [fill in the blank]) it’s simply because in this moment what you’re doing is more important than the other thing you could also be doing.

Granted that you have times throughout the year when you’re “at your peak”, during those times, the above rules apply. For all other times, well, it’s ok to slow down. Give yourself permission or take small, consistent steps.

Back to blogging…

Now that we know what’s more important in the moment, we need to identify when in the day you could actually do the task. It’s not about finding time, or making it; remember, it’s about what’s more important. Case in point. Currently 10:51pm. I could be watching Netflix or I could be writing. Clearly you know which one is more important. You just need to decide what’s less important during the day, bump that, and replace it with something else more important.

Case study…

Monday night I could have written two blog posts, or I could have completed the edit of episode two of my new podcast. I chose the later because at that moment it was more important.

Let’s not complicate things. Choose what’s more important.

Ivan.

Join 234 other followers

>>You can read #blogtober day 5 here.

2 thoughts on “How to find time to blog

  1. Brilliant.
    Succinct.
    I am currently reading Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen which talks about getting all those things you would rather be doing, on paper and prioritising them. Interesting stuff.
    Similarly, ‘The subtle art of not giving a F&*k’ talks about giving an F about the things you actually care about, not everything. REALLY focus on what you care about rather than dipping lightly into everything ‘just in case’ or ‘because you should, or ‘FOMO’ or bright shiny object syndrome.
    PS – why are you up at 10:31 PM?
    thanks for the post
    SC

    1. Really humbled by your kid words.

      I’ve heard of the GTD book, although I haven’t yet read it. I’ve learned though that some productivity principles I apply may have originated from GTD, such as doing a task right away if it’s less than 2mins.

      I’m in the middle of reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**K. Brilliant book. One of my favs. It was on my September Favs blog post list. I love that book.

      As for 10:31pm… I usually don’t sit down after settling the kids for bed until about 10pm. My blogging starts at around then through to early morning in many cases. That’s where my time comes from. Lol.

      Have you read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon? Another great read for creatives. Highly recommended. Recently did a review on that too.

      Thanks for the comments.

      Ivan

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.