There's a simple fact – you can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. And the more negative you are, the more your productivity suffers. Thus, constantly thinking about how you lack time, makes no sense.
You wake up and before you even get out of the bed, you already feel inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something. That kind of thinking won’t get you anywhere.
There’s actually a name for that kind of thinking. It’s called the scarcity mindset. The scarcity mindset chases away any chance of you living a happy, joyful, and productive life. Thus, it’s absolutely mandatory to get rid of this kind of thinking. Here is how.
A much better way to look at time management is from the following angle. There’s maybe not enough time to do everything, but there’s absolutely enough time to do the most important things in a day. There’s plenty of time to complete all high‑value activities that bring real results, and live a happy and joyful life along the way.
If you’re not extremely greedy, you have more than enough time for everything. We all do.
The sufficiency mindset and the abundance of time
Rather switch from the scarcity mentality to a sufficiency mentality:
- There’s plenty of time in a day, enough time to do meaningful work, spend time with the people you love, rest, and seize the beauty of the day.
- And besides that, time was created in order not for everything to happen at once (and space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you, by Sunsan Sontag). Don’t overestimate what you can achieve in a year, and don’t underestimate what you can achieve in five years’ time. If you keep the long-term perspective, there’s enough time for everything.
Remember, sufficiency isn’t about barely enough or more than enough or abundance or anything. It’s not an amount of all. Sufficiency is an experience, the right context, a declaration, knowing that there is enough and that you’re enough. It’s intentionally choosing to think the right way about your life circumstances and your approach to time management.
There is enough time to do all the important things in a day, if you properly organize yourself. And you can achieve all your goals, if you’re not greedy and keep the long-term perspective. So, stop complaining and start enjoying life by taking good care of yourself, doing deep work, and building meaningful relationships.
Never ever complain again that there’s not enough time. Doing that is a waste of time.