Things You Don’t Have Time NOT to Do

busy personHappy New Year!  I love January because with the new year comes new beginnings and renewed hope that this year will be better than the last.

I’m a big fan of setting annual goals and making new years resolutions.  I believe, if you want things to change, you’ve got to have a goal and a plan to reach that goal.  But more and more I’m hearing people say…

I’d love to ____, but I just don’t have the time.


I know I should ____, but I just don’t have the time.

Out of curiosity, I tweeted both of those lines and here are some of the things people tweeted back that they are too busy to do:

  • exercise
  • play with my kids more
  • blog
  • write a book
  • sleep

Yes, we are busy.  We are probably busier than any generation before us.  But I believe to the core of my being that we are never too busy to do what we really love to do.  We are never too busy to do what will bring meaning and purpose to our lives.

For the most part we are busy doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons.  We waste time.  We get distracted.  We lack focus.  We do low value tasks just to cross them off our list.  We do dumb things that are self-defeating.

So, to kick off 2010, I’m going to do a series of blog posts titled Things You Don’t Have Time NOT to Do.

These will not be little time-saving tricks like “how to cut your grocery shopping time in half” or “37 dinners you can make in 10 minutes.”  I’m going to write about things that require some up investment of time up front, but in the long run save time in the long run a lead to a more fulfilling life doing the things you’d really love to do.

What is it for you?  What would you love to do or know you ought to do, but think you’re too busy to try?

Things You Don’t Have Time NOT to Do

  1. Dream
  2. Take Responsibility
  3. Trade Up
  4. Figure Out the God Thing
  5. Create a Personal Mission Statement
  6. Examine Your Motives
  7. Focus on Your Strengths
  8. Make a Decision
  9. Tell Your Kids Why
  10. Free Your Mind
  11. Create Checklists
  12. Choose to…
  13. Make a Place for Everything
  14. Help Others
  15. Serve With Your Kids

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