You get to decide how long it takes

“I didn’t have time.”

“I ran out of time.”

We’ve all heard these complaints. We’ve all made these complaints. The problem with these complaints is the attitude behind them: that we’re victims of a clock, or somehow the responsibility lies outside of ourselves. It’s a lot more comfortable to believe that it’s not our fault. The truth is that your circumstances may be out of your control. But how you respond? That’s a power that no one can take from you. So how do we normally respond when we’re too busy? By getting organized and making lists. By reading a book on productivity. By trying to figure out a way to do more with the same amount of time.

The reason that this will always fall short is that it hinges on the idea that the amount of time you spend on a task is out of your control.

It isn’t. You get to decide how much time to spend. What’s the decision based on? Your values. The importance of the task. The level of quality you hope to achieve. Your own abilities to produce work of a certain caliber in a certain amount of time.

Deciding the time you’ll give a task up front empowers you. When you reach the time you budgeted for a task, stop.

It’s been a while since I felt out of control.

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