I Don't Have Time
Series: growth October 28, 2012
Is there something you’d like to create? A project you want to build? A goal you want to achieve?
How do you get the inertia to start when the finish line seems so far away?
I’d like to write a book, but I don’t have time to do all that work.
But do you have an hour to outline a table of contents? Could you write 500 words today? How about emailing five bloggers that might be interested in reviewing your book this week?
I’d really like to start drawing, but I’m no good and don’t have time to learn.
Do you have time to draw one sketch today? And again tomorrow? Could you steal enough time to read a chapter in a book every week? To visit an art museum once a month?
I love documentaries and want to make my own someday, but I don’t think I’ll ever find the time.
Can you send an email to a subject you want to interview today? Could you edit just one interview this week? Do you have a free weekend to film B-roll next month?
Tim Cawley, with a day job in advertising, squeezed in work on nights, early mornings, and holiday breaks for two years to complete his documentary. It’s now showing at film festivals across the country.
Gradual progress is crazy powerful.
When you frame something as a giant, amorphous task (get healthy, become a designer, start a business) — it can seem impossible to fit into your busy schedule.
Break it down into smaller pieces that you do have time for.
With time and determination, the impossible will become the inevitable.