I came across this quote the other day:
“If you want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
People often ask me variations of the question: “How do you fit it all in?” Usually they are referencing the fact that I run a small business, have a few horses I’m training, and also write novels.
The truth is, though, there’s no magic formula. I don’t have an enchanted timepiece that makes my days longer than everyone else’s.
I do have priorities
I found this article, “Busyness is Not a Virtue” not long ago, and I love what it says about the habit of being terminally busy. The author suggests rephrasing your internal dialogue when you talk to yourself about what you do and don’t have time for. Instead of saying you are ‘too busy’ to do something, train yourself to say something is ‘not a priority.’ This can shed a lot of light on what you’re actually building your life around.
Here are things I don’t do except on rare occasions: watch TV, spend more than 10 minutes a day on Facebook, stay up late.
TV is a huge one. The average American spends close to five hours a day watching television. But would the average American say watching TV is a priority for them? Probably not.
You can get a lot done in five hours. My favorite combo: write 1,500 words, go for a horseback ride, and enjoy a beer with my husband.