A lot of people say they don’t have time for things like they are complaining about it. I don’t have time work out, I don’t have time to meditate, I don’t have time to see my friends . . .
May I ask you this – What are you doing with your time? Because nothing is impossible if you really want to do it. I have entrepreneur friends who will work like mad men, be in meetings and network all day, go out later that evening, party until 4:00am, and then wake up at 6:00am to go to the gym the following day.
Ok, so doing that everyday would not be a healthy lifestyle, but if fitness is important to you, you will find time to do it, even if it means sacrificing sleep. For me, fitness is important but healthy sleep is more of a priority. If I had a long day like that I would choose to sleep.
Blogging is important to me, so I spend every Monday afternoon at a cafe writing blog posts. It doesn’t matter what else is going on. If Adam Levine asked me out on a Monday date I’d tell him that I’m busy because I have to blog. Ok, that was a lie. I would totally skip out on writing a blog post to go on a date with Adam Levine! Priorities . . .
If hanging out with your friends is really a priority, you can do it no matter how busy you are. Some people hang out with their friends less once they are in a relationship. Some love the new lifestyle, other people complain here and there about it. My friends Kevin and Leslie have been married 9 years, have a 3 year old, and they are by far the most social people I know. BBQ’s, parties, brunches, bike rides along the beach . . . I can’t even keep up with them! Their son Kaden comes out with them all the time and he’s friends with all of us too. They choose to have this integrated lifestyle because friendship and doing social activities is important to them.
I view life in a similar manner. It really is all about relationships and experiences with others, so spending time with friends, family, and clients (who usually become friends!) is at the top of my list. Being adventurous, traveling, and trying new things is also important to me, so a lot of times we’ll explore new things together. Win win.
So if you ever catch yourself complaining that you don’t have time for something, ask yourself if it is the truth, or if it is just something that isn’t that important to you.