I can’t tell you how often I leave the office wishing I had more time to finish an exciting project. And then I leave for work the next morning thinking “if only I had more time to play with the kids or pick there persimmons in the yard.”
Time is a tricky resource, because we can’t create more. We can make more money, buy more land, and irrigate more grass, but we can’t make more time.
Or can we?
The trick, according to the late Zig Ziglar, is to know that time usually isn’t the limiting resource.
Consider Zig’s famous talk about “the last day before vacation.” Mr. Ziglar observed that all humans accomplish on average twice as much on their “last day before vacation” compared to normal a day. This debunks the myth of “I don’t have enough time,” because obviously that last day doesn’t have twice as many hours in it.
What then, is the real limiting factor?
In most cases, the limiting factor is focused energy, not time. When we march into the office (or pasture, or workshop) on a mission, like it’s our last day before vacation, it’s remarkable what we can accomplish. That’s when we focus on the important tasks, the ones that make a real impact, instead of the mindless easy ones that don’t.
The great news then is that we have taken a resource that cannot be increased (time), and turned it into one that can, energy. We can create more energy, of course, by sleeping well, eating right, getting more exercise and focusing on things that we are excited about. In fact, it’s about time we did.