We're all pressed for time. From working professionals to busy stay-at-home parents, we could all use a few more hours in our day. This is especially true when we're trying to achieve things outside of our daily routine — whether it's starting a business, writing a book, restoring a classic car, training for a marathon or simply pursuing a passionate interest. • Communications adviser and author Rick Mofina offers some tips for people looking for time to write, train or simply pursue a side project outside their chosen profession. StatePoint
• First, set your goal then ask yourself if you are serious about reaching it. What are you willing to give up to achieve that goal? A little less television? How about adjusting your sleep so you can invest a few extra minutes on that goal?
• Consider yourself the CEO of your goal and hire yourself to achieve it. Be disciplined and refuse to make excuses that allow you to fail — things like "I'll do this when I retire" or "when I have more time." Nope: You've just been hired to find the time.
• Start small. Even 30 minutes spent doing something you love will leave you more energized. You'll be rewarded at having gotten closer to the finish line.
• You know better than anyone how much time you waste, or what time you could use more effectively toward applying to your goal. You don't have to follow anyone else's rules. "I write in airports, on airplanes, in hotels," says Mofina. "I write early in the morning. I even write on the bus during my daily commute to my day job."
• Understand that you can't optimize everything — money, love, family, work, health, leisure. We're only human. Celebrities may appear to be, but usually they just have great publicists.
• Dare to be slow. Being a good time manager doesn't mean doing things the fastest, but the most efficiently. Going slow can help you attend to things once, instead of having to go back and correct sloppy mistakes. Slow and steady really does win the race.