Today I want to talk about something pretty serious.
No, I didn’t spell it wrong. And yes, I want to talk about our buts & what I call “B.U.T. Blocking”. Snicker all you want, it is a thing.
Now let me explain.
Have you ever noticed that when you want to try something new or set a goal for yourself, your buts talk you right out of it?
For example, you want to loose weight & get in shape…
But, I have a slow metabolism…
But, I don’t have anyone to watch the kids…
But, I don’t want to do it alone…It goes on & on.
Your But got in the way & more than likely you never even tried to loose that weight or get in shape.
First, let me identify our Buts, or as I like to call them, the Big Ugly Thieves. Yes, our B.U.T.s are ugly thieves & they steel our biggest hopes & dreams right out from under our noses. Worse yet, we accept what ever our B.U.T.s tell us.
Now, everyones B.U.T.s are different. However (see how I didn’t use but, hee, hee), I would have to say time is our biggest B.U.T., or at the very least his nasty little crony. We need to find that little Time Troll & use him to block the lies of the Big Ugly Thief.
What’s a Time Troll? It’s anything we do with our time that is not propelling us toward a life we love. After all, time is the one thing we can’t make more of & we can’t get it back. We’re only given so many minutes a day…1,440 to be exact & tomorrow’s minutes are not guaranteed. Our time is precious & Time Trolls not only steal it from us, the can convince even trick us into wasting our most precious commodity.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that we’re not only using those 1,440 minutes we’re gifted every morning on things that we have to do, but also on doing things that will ultimately make us a happier person? That’s why I’ve created [this] handy dandy printable to help you identify your Time Trolls, when they strike, & how much time they’re actually stealing. It even includes a space for you to write down ways to Block your Time Trolls.
Follow me so far? Good.
I know this is going to sound crazy, but over the next couple of days or even week we’re going to have to take the time to find the Time Trolls in our lives. They are hiding everywhere. In our beds, our T.V.s, computers, phones, they may even live next door, or worse yet…you could be your very own Time Troll. The point is to not only find them but to identify when they are stealing your time.
I’m pretty sure most of your gears are already turning & you’re mentally listing your Time Trolls. That’s great because now you can start thinking about when they come around. Just focus on one or two trolls for now. You can focus on others later.
For me my biggest Time Trolls are mornings & me! I hate getting up in the morning. Ever heard the saying, “I’d be a morning person, if morning started at noon”? That’s me. I don’t sleep too terribly late, but I’m a sloooow starter. My worst troll…Me! Yep, me. More like my mouth. ‘Cause man am I a talker, I love people, I’ve never meet a stranger, & I really do not know how to end a conversation. And don’t let the person be interesting or old, cause I’ll loose half of my day listening to their stories.
This is where the Blocking comes in. Now that you’ve found your Time Trolls, when they strike, & how much they’re stealing. You have to ask yourself, “Is this propelling my happiness or is it just wasting time?”. If it’s the latter, it needs to get Blocked. Quick! Fast! & in a Hurry!
This is the time to dig your heels in deep & get creative. Because I’m not a morning person, implementing a nightly routine has greatly helped me in “speeding” up my mornings. I set my coffee pot with my alarm so that the smell of coffee helps me to stay awake. I shower at night eliminating the need to dry my hair in the morning. Since I’m blow dryer handicapped, I go to bed with wet hair & wake up to dry, ready to style hair. Just these small changes gives me an “extra” hour every morning.
Because I hate to be late, I set little “appointments” for myself throughout the day. This helps me combat my mouth which can strike without warning at a moments notice. This has helped me “end” many a long conversations without feeling rude or cutting the other person short. I still have a long way to go on this one, but at least I’m putting forth the effort.
So, be creative with your B.U.T. Blocks, no matter how large or small. Just make sure they are propelling you towards your goals.
Lets face it, if you had the extra time wouldn’t you rather use it educating yourself about your metabolism, instead of 20 minutes on Facebook in the morning. Walking around the block with your kids, versus a 30 minute not kid friendly sit-com. Better yet, working out with a friend, rather than wasting an hour & a half on Pinterest?
I’m not saying ban Facebook, sit-coms, or Pinterest, I mean who could. What we could do is give ourselves a set amount of time on social media, record our favorite tv shows, & reward ourselves with a “binge”. It just all boils down to will power…How bad do you want it? And consistency…Will you stick with it? That my friends is the key. My point is, identify your Time Trolls because only you can Block your B.U.T.s.
Once you’ve identified your B.U.T.s & come up with your own ways & tools to replace them, nothing will be able to keep you from the life you love.
I’d love to hear how you block your Time Trolls.