By the time we start primary school we realise that life isn’t about doing only what we love to do and what we enjoy. After the excitement and newness wears off, (after the first 2 weeks) school just becomes something we have to do five days a week. Later on that thing becomes our job along with the regular daily chores that keeps the house in order, petrol in the car, and food on the table. There’s plenty we have to do each day that we aren’t particularly passionate about, c’est la vie! That’s why it’s important to also make some time for things, activities, and people that bring us joy. Putting them on the calendar and making them a priority is just as important as scheduling that dreaded dentist appointment for those pearly whites.
Start by figuring out what it is that brings you joy and energises you. What really gets you ramped up. These are your passion projects. It can be an aspect of your job. It can be the volunteer work you do on Wednesday nights. It can be the hobby you indulge in on the weekends. It can be a group of people you love to work with and spend time with. Make sure you know what you are passionate about and what’s important to you. Knowing what it is gets you one step closer to tapping into your passion more frequently.
Next you have to find some time for what you’re passionate about. Time is a strange concept, an illusion really, but that’s for another day. In theory time is simply a measurable unit. We all have exactly 24 hours per day to work with. In practice, time behaves very differently at different times. It crawls almost to a stop when we’re standing at the stove waiting for the kettle to boil. It speeds up to lightning speed on the weekend when we’re having fun.
Time also has the ability to stretch out and fill the space we allow it. Let me give you an example. If you have all weekend to clean your house, it will take you ALL WEEKEND. If on the other hand you get a call on Saturday morning that your in-laws are going to be over for lunch that day, you get the same amount of cleaning done in three hours. The same holds true for all sorts of other tasks. If you have plenty of time to create a report at work, it takes you two days. If your boss needs it on his desk within the hour, you get it done in under 60 minutes.
Becoming aware of this time phenomenon can help you realise that there’s plenty of time for the things you’re passionate about. It’s simply up to you to make that time by not allow other projects, tasks, and obligations to fill it. Force yourself to do the things you don’t love quickly so there’s plenty of time for what you enjoy. Using a timer and blocking of chunks of time for certain tasks can be incredibly helpful here.
Let’s say your passion is reading Russian literature, (I’m not sure there are many of you, but stick with me) but you can’t find the time to get through War and Peace. Set a timer after dinner and challenge yourself (and your family) to get the dishes done in 15 minutes. Congratulations! You’ve just found an extra half an hour or more to curl up and read. Rinse and repeat throughout the day and you’ll find plenty of time to tap into your passion.
So what are you passionate about?