Time Management Monday: If not now, when?

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Do you have a stack of books you want to read, want to get fit, learn to cook, or learn a new skill? When are you going to make time for it? It’s all too easy to let day to day life go by. If there’s something you want to do, you’ll need to carve the time out of your schedule to make it happen. If you don’t make time for the things you want to do, “someday” eventually turns into “never.”

Example: A friend of mine wanted to learn how to play the guitar. But he was the manager of a large hotel and worked from early in the morning to late in the evening every day including most weekends. He felt like he had to or everything would fall down around him, and to his credit when he moved on to a new hotel in a different city the place did crumble without his management. But he had no work-life balance and was never going to learn to play the guitar in that lifestyle. Eventually his girlfriend bought him guitar lessons as a gift. When the lessons were scheduled and paid for he made them a priority.

Another example: I want to finish reading the Icelandic Sagas, which are not only huge but require concentration to follow all the characters, many of which have the same or similar names. It’s not something I can read 10 minutes at a time before bed. I have to read for long enough to follow all the plot twists, and often with my Iceland map beside me so I can see the places they are talking about. I need at least 30 minutes at a stretch. I decided I need to carve out time during my day to read the Sagas, because it’s not happening on its own. So I decided I’ll read them during my lunchtime instead of spending that time surfing the internet.

What have you been wanting to do “someday?” How can you work those actions into your day to day routine?

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