How much time do you spend reacting? Answering emails and texts, dealing with other people’s concerns (especially work), putting out fires, helping out with friend and family obligations, doing things you might not want to do but either have to do or feel like you have to do, etc…just maintaining the status quo?
How much time do you spend creating?
One of the hardest things to do about pursuing a goal or manifesting a passion project or doing anything new is carving out actual time and space to do it. You must make it a priority and schedule it on your calendar. Otherwise it simply won’t get done and you will stay in the same reactive rut.
Another way to think about this is maker vs. manager time. Two excellent essays on the subject:
More making. Less managing.