Muse-worthy Quote: Not for the Harbour

In many ways we put a leash around our necks. We choose the ‘safety’ and certainty of the Harbour over the uncertainty and imagined dangers of the ocean. In the process, we limit ourselves and underestimate our capabilities.

When you choose to remain in the harbour, you only get what comes to you, which is sadly, not always much. However, when you venture out, in spite of your fears, there is no limit to the things you can achieve.

Don’t procrastinate.

  • Read that book.
  • Write that book.
  • Start/ resume that workout.
  • Take that break/ rest/ vacation.
  • Work on that idea.
  • Etc.

Venture out of the harbour, if you want to make the most everyday.

The Delusion of ‘When I Have the Time’

To do anything worthwhile, the chief struggle people face is finding enough time. Maybe you can identify. I sure can.

The fact stated above brings to mind my blog.

Oh my blog.

If you were a baby you would have been dead, from starvation and neglect. The lack of vital nutrition from new posts would have nipped your life. I did not give you even the chance to regurgitate and enjoy the benefits of republished posts.

It’s been a hundred days! All I have to show is a couple of drafts that seemed worthwhile at the time. Though promising, turning them into posts seems so daunting.

Why won’t you be stunted.

But for the random visits and occasional comments you would have passed for dead. These flickers of life reflected on the stats page tell the tale, not of your resilience, but of your ebbing life. Thankfully though, it’s not all flatlines.

I have denied you the opportunity to grow – with fourteen missed meals!

You are dying. Because I am not writing.

You see I have been striving lately to make the most of my time everyday. My efforts seem futile. One of the things that suffer is my blogging.  I am so busy I keep saying, when I have the time.

As expressed above, it’s been 100 days since my last post. In that time I missed fourteen blog posts – I blog once a week. In reality, this is me passing up the chance to improve as a creative, and the priviledge to achieve my goal – inspire people to personal development and authentic living.

I love to write. I have a message. Writing is the outlet; this blog a platform. But why is it so hard to do that which one believes with a strong conviction is worthwhile?

With some introspection I realise my bane is procrastination, fed fat by the delusion of lack of time NOW. I kept saying, ‘When I have the time.’ Day in, day out.

Two people bolstered me into action. Their statements roused me from the mind-numbing, continuous chant of ‘When I have the time’.

John Meese from Platform University said, “The future is really busy. That time you think you are going to have … well, it will only exist if you create it.”

A friend posted on Instagram,


In spite of the reality that there is so much demand on my time I keep putting off blogging, I resolved once again to create the time I need to blog. Quitting is not an option. Since making a difference with my writing and blogging is very important, I have moved it up my list of priorities.

And this post was born.

I have always known that I must create time for anything I deem worthwhile, but like Steve Covey said, ‘Common sense is not common practice.’

It is most likely you are also struggling to find time to do something you desire – work out, write a book/ read books, start a blog etc. You must create the time. Many out there are getting things done and achieving their dreams. They have 24 hours in a day, just like you and me.

“The future is really busy. That time you think you are going to have … well, it will only exist if you create it.”

Prioritise. All the things that demand your time cannot be equally important. Focus on the one thing, or few things that are most important to you. Set aside time and get it done. You may fail at it. More than once. But don’t be tired of failing. Don’t quit!

It won’t be easy. But it is possible.

Have you experienced the ‘when I have time’ trap? How did you escape from it? Share in the comments.

Not Enough Time

Finding enough time to do what we desire is a struggle that everyone grapples with. There are times when we seem to be literally racing against time. I sure can relate.

A few weeks back, I visited the blog of someone who had followed me on twitter. His latest post was about a month old. I snorted. Later I remembered that my last blog post was over one month old. I was so ashamed of myself. The pot calling the kettle black.

Today my last post is eight one days old! Can you believe that? With a goal of one post per week, I have failed to post eleven times since February 26th. Worse still I have failed my subscribers eleven times. There is no telling how many people I would have inspired and encouraged to live authentic lives by choosing truth.

If you ask me I don’t know how I allowed such a long time to go by before I made this post. All I can say is I didn’t have enough time to sit and write. More appropriately, I did not make time to blog.

Thankfully, I stumbled on a post by one of my online mentors, Michael Hyatt, aptly titled, How To Blog if You Don’t Have the Time. In this post, he shared seven strategies for maximizing time. I found strategies 1, 2, 6 and 7 especially helpful. I gleaned that:

  • ‘Nobody has more time than anyone else. We just have different commitments and demands on the time we have.’
  • Whatever I don’t schedule, I am indirectly cancelling. Failure to schedule is tantamount to cancelling. In other words ‘What gets scheduled gets done.’
  • Always having a notebook handy to capture post ideas will keep me from starting to write from scratch.
  • Working with a post template saves time.
  • Blogging consistently is essential to building my platform.

From the above, it is obvious what I have resolved to do. Right now I have set aside three hours per week (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays) to work on my blog; I have two notebooks, paper and electronic on my phone, to capture ideas; and I have a rough sketch template I intend to brush up over time.

Hopefully, I can resume and be consistent with my routine of one post per week, and watch my platform grow.

Do you have any ideas to share for maximizing time or blogging consistently? Please comment.