When I was walking out of an office building today, I heard someone say, “I’m not sure I can take it anymore, I can’t see the end in sight.” This is not the first time I’ve heard someone say something like this. It’s all too common.
Everyone is busy. Everyone wants more time. Everyone is looking for a few tips, tricks, and hacks to squeeze a few more minutes into a day.
With a quick Google search, you can find ‘7 tips’ or ’15 hacks’ to find extra time. They will tell you to ‘get up early or stay up later’ or ‘if you really want it you’ll hustle.’ You’ll find planners, timers and courses to help you do more.
Isn’t that the goal in life, to do more?
However, what would happen if we created a personal mantra that before we took anything else on, we had to give something up. We actually took the time to sit down and “make room.”
When you understand your capacity, you know what you can do and what you can’t. You identify your limits and know when you can and when you can’t take anything else on.
I know what you’re thinking, “if I tell people I can’t do something they’ll think I”m weak and they may pass me by the next time” OR “what will my peer group think when I tell them I can’t?” “You don’t understand, if I don’t push myself I’ll never reach my goals.”
And my response would be, making room is not about quitting or giving up, it’s about eliminating the things that don’t fit within your life’s dreams, goals, and ambitions. It’s not about being lazy. It’s all about working smarter. When you work smart, you understand when you’re at your peak performance and how you work (and live) best.
Try it. Take a personal audit of all the things you’ve committed to, the things you said ‘yes’ to when you really wanted to say ‘no.’ Look at the things you’re still investing your time in that no longer lines up to your goals and dreams.
When you’ve identified where you can make room, graciously remove yourself from the equation.
By making room, you now have the time to do the things that are important to you. You’ll feel like you’ve just completed a spring clean. You’ll also be able to focus and feel a new sense of control over your day. You’ll discover new energy.
You’re not alone. I’m learning to make room. to assess, to eliminate and let go. Some things are easy, while others haven’t been. But I’m learning and embracing the challenge to make room.