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Vail Daily column: Making time for the things we want to do

I am not sure about you, but these first three months of 2015 have been incredibly busy for me. I mean I have found myself lately telling people that I am just too busy right now to do anything else.

After carefully considering that remark, I had to laugh at myself. Am I really too busy to do anything else? Obviously the answer was no, I am not too busy. But you know what I mean, right? Sometimes it just feels like we are too busy, too many projects, too many things on our plate, and just juggling too many balls at one time. We feel like we are simply spread way too thin.

Although we acknowledge that this could be a problem, I would suggest that it is a good problem. It really is better than the alternative, wouldn’t you agree? Having nothing to do only leads to boredom and maybe even trouble. A couple of Proverbs speak directly to this, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” and “Lazy hands make for poverty; but diligent hands bring wealth.”

So where do we find the balance? Because right now if I shared my calendar, you would say to yourself that there is no room for anything else, as I am already double booked and triple booked on certain days and at specific times.

Am I really too busy to do anything else? Obviously the answer was no, I am not too busy. But you know what I mean, right? Sometimes it just feels like we are too busy, too many projects, too many things on our plate, and just juggling too many balls at one time. We feel like we are simply spread way too thin.

Here’s what I did, I went back into my list of tasks, obligations and follow up items. And I carefully analyzed the level of importance of each item, thought about who I can ask for assistance, or better yet, who I could delegate the task to. I also went back to my personal goals list and tried to see where my priorities were aligning with my goals and where they were actually disrupting my path toward the achievement of my goals. Basically, I’m looking at what I want to be doing, what I should be doing verses what I am actually doing, and where I am spending my time.

The next question I had to ask myself was this: “What are the things I can say ‘no’ to in order to say ‘yes’ to the things I want to do or should do?” Sometimes saying no is harder than it seems, at least it is for me anyway.

Now don’t get me wrong, I recognize that we all have things that we “have to” do. And whenever I think about those “have to” do items I think of the quote by Zig Ziglar: “Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.”

Are you too busy? Are you struggling with where to spend your time? Are you compromising the things you want to be doing? I would love to hear all about it and maybe offer up some tips if you will email me at gotonorton@gmail.com. And when we realize that we are really never too busy, it really will be a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.


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