Time Permitting Versus Time Permission
There is a world of difference between a time permitting and a time permission mindset.
Take a few seconds and think about one of your most important goals or dreams. It could be something related to your family, your health, your finances, your career, a hobby, etc. If you have multiple options, just pick the first one because this mental exercise will work equally well for all of them.
Imagine you start your day by saying or thinking, “Time permitting, I will get to X today.”
Already, you are adopting an approach that allows external factors (requests, distractions, interruptions) to take precedence over your inner desires. The reality is that many people already live busy, over-scheduled lives. And everything from social media to TV is vying to take up our attention and time. Time permitting puts our goal at the bottom of the todo list after everyone, and everything else that shows up gets dealt with first.
Imagine you start your day by saying or thinking, “I give myself permission today to do X at place Y at time Z.”
Already, you are adopting an empowered approach. REGARDLESS OF ALL EXTERNAL FACTORS, you have already given yourself permission to pause or ignore them so that you get to what’s most important. Sure, you will still have to deal with some of that other stuff. However, you will significantly increase your odds that the most important thing stays the most important thing.
Where Can You Give Yourself Permission?
Writing to me is a big damn deal for reasons I can’t explain. It makes me feel alive, empowered, helpful, like I’m learning, like I’m growing, etc. However, for years, I approached as something I could do “when I had the time.” Unfortunately, that day seldom came because there is always something else that could be done.
To that end, I made a crucial switch in my life. I now give myself permission to write for 30 minutes before my workday starts. That one shift has improved my writing quantity from approximately 500 words every few weeks to 500 words a day. Yes, quality is more important than quantity, but the practice is essential for me to improve my overall habit and skill.
To that end, I challenge you. Where and when can you give yourself permission to spend even just 5 minutes on one thing that is important to you? Yes, this is simple in theory but can be hard in practice, particularly for fellow workaholics with a packed schedule. Yet, it’s even MORE important for these individuals because it’s the only way they will ever get to it.
Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this, can I ask you for a favor?
I would like the opportunity to connect with you on an ongoing basis with the intention that I continue to provide you with valuable information and insights to help transform your life personally and professionally. To that end, it would mean a lot to me if you performed one or more of the following.
- Sign up for my newsletter to get new articles sent right to your inbox.
- Follow me on Twitter or connect with me on LinkedIn. Don't forget to say hi!
- Contact me to setup a free, 15-minute consultation.
- Share this article with anyone that might benefit from it.
Thanks again for your time and attention! It means the world to me to know that you gave me this opportunity to connect with you.
About Rick Manelius
Quick Stats: CXO of Atomic Form. Graduated from MIT in '03 (BS) and '09 (PhD). Life hacker and peak performance enthusiast. This blog is my experiment in creative writing, self-expression, and sharing what I've learned along my journey. For more information, read my full bio here or contact me.