How to Get Over the “I Have No Time” Syndrome

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Image of a sunset over a lake, photography by R. Isip Do you constantly feel as if you have no time in your schedule?

Wondering where you’ll ever find the time to do what you want or need to do?

Surprisingly, it’s as simple as changing your attitude and outlook on things…

In this post I offer three ways to help you get over the “I have no time” syndrome.

Stop making such a fuss about time.

There’s a funny thing about time; if you always pay attention to it, there never seems to be enough of it. Sure, there’s certain units or measurements of time that we use such as minutes, hours, days, weeks and so on, but you don’t have to obsess over the details of how much or how little of it that you have at any given point.

If you keep telling yourself you never have any time, you won’t ever have enough time. It’s as simple as that.

Drop the negative outlook and come to terms that yes, there is time, and yes, time passes. Time will still pass whether or not you make a fuss about it!

Think in terms of choices.

We all make a wide variety of choices each and every day. Whenever you schedule your calendar you are making a series of choices such as whether or not to go on a lunch date, have a meeting with a potential client, go grocery shopping, attend a wedding, and so on and so forth. It’s not that you don’t have any time, what you actually have to do is to make choices as to how you are going to spend your day or days.

Instead of saying you have no time, think in terms of how you are going to choose to spend your time. What choices are you going to make today? Will your choices help you to get to where you want to be, or accomplish, finish, or finally get done?

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Make peace with your choices.

As mentioned earlier, making choices is an important part of time management. Another important piece is making peace with your choices. Perhaps you’re starting to feel your schedule is getting bogged down and you have no personal time for yourself. If you’re becoming increasingly annoyed or frustrated at your decisions and the effect it has on your schedule, it’s most likely time to take a survey of your choices. Are you pleased, confident and competent with your decision or are you a bit wishy-washy?

For example, are you really comfortable volunteering your time on Saturday mornings when you are completely wiped out from the work week or booking back-to-back meetings at work on Mondays? Be honest with yourself. If you find yourself going back down the “I have no time path,” it’s time to reevaluate your decisions. Remember, the choice is always yours when it comes to your time.

How about you? When was the last time you said you had no time in your schedule? Where do you think you could make some re-evaluations and modifications to do what you want or need to do? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.