Here’s why you never have enough time…

Here’s why you never have enough time…

The chief export of modern society is distraction. We’re enveloped by it all day, every day. White noise has become the soundtrack of an era marked by a focus on constantly striving to find the newest, shiniest, most enjoyable ways to escape or alter reality to fit the needs of our increasingly disconnected minds. This really isn’t as bleak as all this fancy articulation makes it sound, along with distraction comes incredible technological advances that allow us to do things we didn’t have the capacity to envision even a decade ago. Unfortunately, however, even with all this super cool stuff at our fingertips, we still need to get things done. And it’s becoming increasingly difficult.

It’s undeniable that, while we’ve never had more tools with which to fuel our success, we’ve also never been more equipped to spend our conscious energy on entirely useless endeavors that exist only to fill the void we’ve created for ourselves. It’s fundamentally difficult, with so much distraction and opportunity, to find the time to get it all in every day. To truly be productive and not just busy. So, what’s the solution? How do we get back to a place where we’re not constantly being pulled in a million different directions? Where the day doesn’t waste away behind the steady flow of new and completely irrelevant stimulants being thrown at us non-stop? The answer is simple addition by subtraction.

The reality is, we do have enough time. We have plenty in fact. We simply choose to use it poorly. We stop down in the middle of a task to check our phones and get the latest updates about whatever nonsense happens to pop into our heads. We try jumping from idea to idea as they come, because we have the tools to do so, and never truly focus on mastery of any.

Structure is the answer. It’s not about committing to completing everything on your to-do list. It’s not even about time blocking what you should be doing. Because that allows for distractions to become excuses to deviate from your schedule. What you should be doing is blocking out time where everything else but the task at hand is completely off limits.

In our real estate business, we have three hours set aside where we work solely on generating new relationships each day. That time is set aside specifically for that task. But the policies around it are very simple. Everything else during that time is off limits. No distractions, no white noise. If the partners on our team do not want to build relationships, they can sit quietly in their office and twiddle their thumbs. But nothing else, no stop downs, no other focus. Simply the task at hand. 

This backwards way of perceiving the scenario has proved incredibly effective and it will for you too. If you’re struggling to find the time, to cut through the distraction and get things done, stop thinking about what you should be doing, and commit to refraining from things you know  you shouldn’t. Slowly but surely your conscience will get the best of you, and your habits will follow suit.

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