Finding Time

I worked on my webpage last Sunday morning while my family slept. Before my wife and kids woke up I made them a breakfast of crepes with maple syrup with slices of pear. I made coffee and tried to find a few moments to update the Seven Steps Facebook page. While doing this I looked at my diary and a long list of tasks I needed to attend to during the day, the week, the month. I felt a tinge of frustration that I couldn’t simply focus on finishing my book The Seven Steps to Healing your Brain. I’ve been working on it for nearly five years, but life seems to jump out every time I try to settle in.

The truth is, life happens.  It can’t be stopped. So how does one find the time to do the things the need to do?  Here are few helpful techniques I try to employ.

  1. Focus on the important not the urgent: My MBA father-in-law once said this to me in relation to my job. What is important for a recovery, may not be important for a job. The important focus during my recover was personal  health and included changing my diet, exercising, playing and listening to music, learning songs (memorization), reading, and pushing myself to achieve more. You need to focus on you.
  2. Don’t get distracted: In my LinkedIn article Eating a Frog will Increase your Productivity. Here’s How. I suggested focusing by shutting off devices, closing the door, shutting off the smartphone and slotting off a chunk of time to work on one specific thing. “By focusing we limit the numerous opportunities there are for procrastination. [….] Choose one prioritized project from your task list and complete it.”
  3. Set goals: Write them down, remembering that the best goals are “out of reach, but not out of sight.” For example, don’t set your goal to run a 42km marathon if you can’t run 1km. The first goal should be to run the shorter distance. Then when you accomplish it, set the next goal to run 2km, and so on.
  4. Forgive yourself: You many not accomplish your goals within an allotted time period, but that’s OK. Don’t “beat yourself up.” Keep going. Don’t stop. Even if you stop for an extended amount of time, you can always start again. That’s OK. Forgive yourself.
  5. Be Grateful: Remember that every distraction typically requires energy and effort. Even the most banal chores are necessary for life to continue. So be grateful that you can actually do them.

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I’m looking forward to finding the time to finish The Seven Steps to Healing your Brain by the end of 2018. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll regroup, reassess, and continue on. Every moment I spend on the project brings me closer to finishing.

Find the time to do the things you need to do to recover. And be grateful for the journey.


In the spring of 1990 Allan Boss was in a motor vehicle accident. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. The attending neurosurgeon informed his family that he would never walk again or talk again. He went on to achieve three university degrees, has written/edited four published books, has run four marathons, and is currently writing a non-fiction book about his recovery.

Want to learn more? Email  with the subject Send Me the Free Outline to his book, The Seven Steps to Healing your Brain.

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