If there’s something you’re passionate about – from writing your novel to launching a business to spending more time with your kids – the only way to make it happen is to do a bit of it now – no matter how many urgent tasks are pressing in.
‘If you don’t save a bit of your time for you now out of every week’ Abel writes ‘there is no moment in the future when you’ll magically be done with everything and have loads of free time’.
To focus instead on ‘clearing the decks’ so as to make time later is enormously tempting but that’s equivalent to ‘paying yourself last’.
And it fails for the same reason: in each moment all those little expenditures of time will seem important.
Many of them will be important but you have neither the willpower nor long-term perspective to choose wisely between them – leaving plenty of time later for the big stuff.
So don’t try.
Do a little of the big stuff first.