During a recent conversation, a good friend shared that she was struggling to find time to dedicate to the many commitments in her life. This woman is in a high-pressure, high profile finance job; in the midst of her CPA exams; and training for a 50 mile hike. As she described her current routine, another friend asked whether she had considered waking up at 5:30am.
"Are you going to be my wake up call?" she joked. Without thinking I immediately jumped in, "I will." And so it began. We established the days of the week on which she needs the extra time in her day, and I set a calendar reminder to call or text her at exactly 5:30am on those mornings. It is a window of time at which I am already up, and it requires no effort beyond dialing her number. So far she has answered every call and text, and she has used the time to exercise and get a head start on her days.
In our too-busy-all-the-time, I-can-squeeze-in-one-more-thing lives, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. We know we are capable of doing what is necessary, but staying on track without accountability or encouragement can be challenging. Sometimes asking a small favor from a friend can be the difference between staying motivated and falling behind.
What small favor can make a big difference toward achieving your goals? What is stopping you from asking for help?