How to Make Time for Your Dreams: Your Calendar (Part 1/4)

Are you super busy and juggling a lot of balls in the air right now?

In today’s world where we’re multitasking and doing so much at once, squeezing in a little bit more, we’re working, we’re taking care of family and dealing with so many other obligations.

But that can often leave us wondering – there’s got to be something more. Where do I begin to make time for my personal aspirations?

Whatever your dream is, whether it’s to paint more, travel more, become a pilot, start a business, I want to share four things you can consider.

Today, we’ll talk about Dream Builder No. 1, your calendar.

When I had a business coach a few years ago, the first thing we did was look at my calendar. We made an Excel spreadsheet and accounted for everything. My full time job. Getting the kids ready for school and for bedtime. Spending time with my husband. We carved out late evening hours and even my lunch hour to focus on very specific activities for generating business.

Having a solid visual of hours available in the day helped me move from wishful thinking to realistic time allocation.

There are only so many hours in a day, and some of them need to be focused on the highest yield activities. For some, that can mean prospecting for new clients to keep your pipeline full.

But it’s not always about the traditional view of being productive. Sometimes focusing on the right activities can mean doing personally fulfilling activities that fill my cup and speak to who I am and what I need.

So there are two ways to look at your time and your calendar.

First, there’s a time and a season to be as productive as possible, to use your time wisely and to do things even when you don’t want to do them.

If we simply follow our whims or go where the wind blows, we lose the opportunity to do things on a consistent, sustainable basis.

On the other hand, if we’re focusing so much on utility and being robots who check things off a list all day and get things done, a piece of us can die inside every day.

Give me a comment if you know what I’m talking about.

There’s wisdom in knowing when to produce and work even when we’re tired and knowing when to recharge and fill our own cup.

And sometimes vacation is not the answer. Because when you come back from vacation, you’re coming back to the same life and lifestyle and challenge.

Where we really benefit is integrating satisfying activities and processes into our daily life, so we don’t have to escape from it.

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