Having Enough Time

Could making new decisions about your priorities help you find more time?

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Randy Walton, CEO and Managing Partner at The Walton Group, Inc., explains that not having enough time is a common struggle we all face throughout our lives. However, he adds that there is a “lie” behind the statement, “I don’t have enough time.” What is the lie? What can you do about it? Walton explains how to overcome the struggle by asking time management decision-making questions about your life.

Do you feel as if you don’t have enough time for all the things you want or need to do? Tell us how you manage this dilemma in the comments below.

Entrepreneurial people find that there’s an infinite sea of opportunities. Says Walton, “I don’t think I ever met a problem I didn’t like. I get real excited about new challenges, new problems and things. I love to unpack those ideas and want to spend time on it.”

But these kinds of people also say things such as “I don’t have time to do something.” “I don’t have time to exercise.” “I don’t have time to read more books.” “I don’t have time to spend with my family.”

There’s a lie behind that, and the lie is that we feel we don’t have control of all this. What we’re really saying is that we have something else that we believe is more important. “I don’t have time,” sounds like we’re victims of something we can’t change or control.

When you ask the right decision-making questions and realize there are other things that are more important, you’re really taking control back in your life, and maybe for a part of your life right now work is more important than some other things. There are certain things you need to accomplish because that’s who you want to be and where you want to go.

But you should take responsibility for that. Don’t blame your boss, because you don’t have to continue in that job if the time constraints or the demands take you away from your family. Don’t be a victim.

The best time management advice is that you have to do a personal inventory. Look at all the things you do, and ask yourself, “What should I take off the list? What am I doing for reasons that aren’t healthy, but because I felt like a victim, or I haven’t felt empowered to just say no or to make different choices?” This will make you happier. Entrepreneurial leadership means leaders must decide to pull themselves away from some things that have good value, but aren’t the best things, and put some priorities in their lives, such as fitness and family. By narrowing the focus and paying attention to some other parts of your life, your energy level will go up and you’ll be able to take on more and do those things better – all by doing less.

I think maybe a personal struggle that I've had and I think a lot of other people that are very entrepreneurial is there's an infinite sea of opportunities, things that you can do. I don't think I ever met a problem I didn't like. I get real excited about new challenges, new problems and things. I love to unpack those ideas and want to spend time on it.

But it leads me to this place where I make statements like I don't have time to do something. Whatever that something is, it's something that I feel like I need to do.

I hear that from folks all the time. "I don't have time to exercise." "I don't have time to read more books." "I don't have time to spend with my family."

There's a lie behind that, and the lie is that we feel that we don't have control of that. What we're really saying, and I think it's important to acknowledge, is that what we're saying is that I have something else that I believe is more important. See, when I don't have time sounds like somehow I'm a victim of something that I can't change or control.

When I say I believe there are other things more important, I'm really taking control back in my life, and maybe for a season of my life right now work is more important than some other things that I'd like to do in my life, but I don't have the freedom to do that because there are certain things I just need to accomplish because that's who I want to be and where I want to go. But I'm very much owning responsibility for that. I'm not blaming my boss because I don't have to continue in that job if the time constraints or the demands that take me away from my family are things that I'm unhappy with. But I can't be a victim anymore. I really have to take ownership for that.

If I realize that, then I have to kind of do a personal inventory. I have to look at all the things that I do, and I have to ask myself, "What should I take off the list? What am I doing for reasons that really aren't healthy, but because I felt like a victim, or I haven't felt empowered to just say no or to make different choices?" I'll be a lot happier, I think, when I do that.

It's one of the decisions that I had to make as an entrepreneur is to really, with intention, pull myself away from some nice things that I did that had good value, but they weren't the best things and put some priorities in my life, like my health and my fitness and things of that nature. The crazy thing is that, by narrowing my focus and then paying attention to some other parts of my life that I maybe didn't feel that I had permission to focus on, my energy level is up, my ability to really bring the best of what I do to the things that are important is far better than it was, and I feel that I can take a lot more on, in strange way, by doing less. I think that's a challenge for all really ambitious people who have big ideas and big dreams to figure out how to do that.
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Randy Walton

A highly sought after speaker, consultant, and leadership expert, Randy Walton has been challenging the norms of business thought for over 20 years. Randy is a pioneer in developing compelling and profitable market strategies through ...

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