Never Enough Time

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Matt is a 30 something year old runner/father/husband from New Jersey. Along with writing for TheRunnerDad.com, he occasionally writes articles for other blogs and websites. He is an IT guy by day, with a passion for running, traveling, and photography.
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If you are anything like me, you often find yourself lamenting the idea that there is never enough time in your day/week/month/year/life to get everything done you want or need to get done. Between a full-time job, spending time with your spouse and children, training for your next race, writing for your blog, getting together with friends, and fixing things around the house, there is barely enough time to fit in everything else you want and/or need to do (like eating and sleeping). The more time that goes by, the more things pile up on your list, and the more stressed you become. Before you know it you find yourself balled up in the fetal position in a corner somewhere, just wishing it would all go away.

Ok, maybe the fetal position thing is just my way of dealing with it. The truth is, however, that the perception that we do not have enough time in our lives is one of our greatest causes of stress…and is a very difficult one from which to escape. No matter how many attempts we make at prioritizing our lists (which also takes time) and axing those activities that can be axed, before long we find ourselves full circle and right back to where we started. So what is the solution? How do we maintain our sanity while at the same time satisfying the time requirements of everything that is pulling at us night and day?

Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself

The first thing to remember is that the only thing we really have control over is the here and now. As Mother Teresa once said:

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

While we can try our best to plan for tomorrow, there is no way to know for sure that what we plan will come to fruition. What we have much better control over, however, is today. Focus on what you can get done today, and try not to put things off until tomorrow…especially easy tasks that, if you put your mind to it, could easily be completed. Try to make each today as fruitful and productive as possible, so that each tomorrow becomes just a small measure easier to manage.

“You may delay, but time will not.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Procrastination is a killer. In just trying to sit down and write this, I have procrastinated by watching TV, tweeting, posting to Facebook, and taking multiple trips to and from the kitchen. A huge reason we believe we do not have enough time is because we waste so much of it putting off the things we know we have to do but simply do not want to do. Take a moment and think about how much time you spend engaged in time-wasting activities. Do not take too long, however; time spent thinking about time wasted is even more time wasted. Just remember this:

Appreciate The Moment You Are In

The truth is, there are just some days that you cannot get things done. Another truth? Your to-do list will always be there. Even as your cross “do laundry” off your list, you must realize that the clothes you are wearing will soon be in the hamper, placing “do laundry” right back on that same list. The cycle never ends. So just do your best to appreciate the moments you find yourself in, even if you think your time is better spent working on that to-do list. Sure, you could be fixing that squeaky bedroom door; but isn’t time spent reading a book to your son or having a tea party with your daughter much more important?

At the end of the day, you will not look back and remember what hinges you greased or what weeds you plucked. Instead, you will remember the smiles that were had and the laughter that filled your heart.

Are you guilty of uttering “never enough time?” What are your tricks to managing it all? Comment below!

6 Comments

  1. Chris @ amplifytoday.com

    For me, it’s waking up early. To workout, pay bills, or write I wake up early to focus things that need my attention.

    I also have accepted that not everything gets done in one sitting. Being OK with leaving things unfinished is unsettling at first but realizing over time things will get done helps.

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  2. Nathan

    Morning is the best time to get things done (assuming you go to bed earlier enough as well).

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    1. Matt Orlando (Post author)

      Nathan, what time is early? For me, I would have to get up at 5 or earlier for me to effectively get anything done in the morning.

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  3. Greg Myers

    I am a planner and prioritizer. I live and die by my to-do list and calendar. I block out time for my runs like any other appointment. I pick the two most important things on my list each day and focus on getting those done. I get up really early (5:30) each day and hit the hay around 9.

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  4. Dave Prof

    There is always stuff to do – so don’t burnout, schedule in some down time for rest and relaxation.

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  5. Jill

    For me it’s not stressing the small stuff. Life is busy but you make time for things that matter. So if I have a long workout planned but can only fit in a shorter one… that’s ok.

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