“It is astonishing what a lot of odd minutes one can catch during the day, if one really sets about it.” – Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, Born Apr. 20, 1826.
People say they don't have time to write, or work on their business, or publish more content, or grow their audience, or shoot a video.
Listen, if you have a smart phone, you're full of it when you say you don't have time. Literally any “lost” time you have can now be used to write, post, plan, shoot, edit, whatever.
From almost anywhere you find yourself, you can do something productive. There is no such thing as wasted time when you take technology into account.
Waiting in line? Stuck out of the office? Don't feel like working all day? Had an idea while running errands?
Do something fast, easy, and valuable instead of twiddling your thumbs. Or at least twiddle them on your phone or tablet or something.
Right now, I am writing this on my phone while my youngest sits on my lap and watches Dinosaur Train.
Even just a few years ago, I would have just taken the whole morning off for writing something like this, and then maybe would have gotten to retype and post it later at the office.
But now, I always find odd minutes throughout the day to do what I need to get done. Even when I'm busy. Even when I'm deliberately avoiding being busy. It's just so easy. And even fun.
Even on days when I completely fuck off and play hookie from even heading to my office at all. I can communicate and update and make offers from my phone in between browsing books or records or going for a walk or whatever.
It's a weird overlap of kind of always working, but having it feel like never working.
But this is the lesson – don't let being busy become an excuse for not doing the stuff you know you need to do – write, publish, shoot, edit, engage, etc. The time is there, and with the right tools, you can leverage it.