“I don’t have time for that right now.” Is something I’ve gotten used not to say as much anymore. It’s rarely true. Time is in abundance and I create it where needed.
What I don’t have in abundance, on the other hand, is bandwidth. It’s a much more scarce resource for me. Very easily explained, I have a set bandwidth. Let’s say it’s somewhere on the scale of 1 to 100 on any given day or during a given period. In periods where some of my basic needs aren’t met, I have a lower bandwidth. If I sleep poorly, the capacity is lowered.
Then, much like willpower, every task I pursue throughout the day takes bandwidth. Every project I have rolling and keep in my head takes some of that capacity. Projects or tasks that I don’t want to do, or have less enthusiasm towards for any reason, take more bandwidth. Projects, tasks or thoughts that I gain energy from increase it.
Then what I need to do is to spend more time with the projects increasing my bandwidth, in order for me to be able to do whatever I want to do.