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If we look at the most common challenges and struggles people have in their journey into becoming a better blogger, and having a successful blog, finding time to do this, to do it right, to do this efficiently and effectively obviously is really one of the main struggles and challenges people have.
One of the most common questions I get from my students is of course how to find time. Yes, because 24 hours a day it seems like not enough. We have so many things we have to achieve, to do. We have to take care of our families, to take care of work obligations. We have some hobbies we need to also practice. Some people also want to relax in the evenings, after the hard day’s work. When we think about it it’s really a matter of finding the time to do this. If we had let’s say maybe five extra hours a day that would solve our problems, it seems.
But, actually it’s not, because it’s not the matter of how many hours a day we have, but it’s the matter of how well we use these hours, this time we have. Because everybody has the same amount of time. You and me, and your friends, and my colleagues, everyone. Your competitors also have 24 hours a day and also have family obligations, work obligations. Anything that you are struggling with other people also are struggling with. So how to get out of this circle of finding time? This is today’s topic for teaching.
I think we have to realize that when we deal with time issues a lot of people teach that we have to manage our time better, to do some productivity hacks, how to write faster, how to create faster, how to do everything more productively. But, this is not necessarily a true perspective, at least in my experience. Because, I don’t usually need to do things faster than anybody else. I just have to choose the right things to do. Let’s say I get a call from a stranger asking me to do some errands for him or her, to do some projects. The question is should I say yes or no? Because when I say yes then of course I might limit my possibility to do some work on my blogging projects, blogging business.
It seems like time management is not necessarily an answer to this problem. It seems like prioritizing your time is more important. Setting your priorities straight. There is a famous Pareto principle or rule you might have heard, 80/20 principle, which means that 20% of your actions give 80% of your results. Think about it. In your day, 20% of what you do means that you also get 80% of value in your creative endeavors, anything you do. For example, 20% of your food. Yes also food intake, average food, also has 80% of your impact on your health. On average, anything you do, minority of your actions give majority of results.