Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful, lest you let other people spend it for you
The way you think about time determines how you use it in your life. By treating it as an adversary you are undermining your relationship with it. This determines whether you have "enough" or if you are always "running out" of time to get things done in your day.
As a busy mom with 2 kids, I get it! I used to struggle with a lack of time. This changed when I changed my relationship with time itself, when I changed the way I thought about time. Now, while I still feel at times that it would help to have more than 24 hours in a day, I am much more productive and focussed than I have ever been. I write a weekly blog, publish a weekly podcast called "NOURISH HEAL CONNECT", run a solo Health Coaching practice in Mumbai AND manage a household with 2 children (10 and 14 years).
This is not to say that I am a superwoman, but simply to say over time, I have worked on my relationship with TIME and changed the way I think about it. Now it is no longer something that is scarce but something that I treasure. For it is only when you make time your friend can you start using tools and resources to help you make more time in your life
If you are wondering where to start, think about this-
Imagine that you had all the time in the world. What could you accomplish?
What if the amount of time that made a difference to you was just one more hour in your day? How would you spend this one hour?
-with your family or loved ones?
-getting fit and healthy?
-starting a venture of your own?
-Listening to music or enjoying your hobby?
-Resting or sleeping more?
-reading your favourite book?
These are all the things that would uplevel the quality of your life in by just having one extra hour in a day or 365 extra hours in a year!
However, the problem is that your energy, mind and attention have been hijacked by the Distraction Economy and you are likely paying a heavy price for it in terms of your focus and productivity. And when you add your responsibilities like your children, your family and your work to this mix, then it should not surprise why you feel starved for time.
To deal with this we often turn to "time management" by using productivity tools, planners and technology to help us. But we do not realise that “doing more” and “running faster” is not the solution and often ends up adding to our already overscheduled life.
There may be some other reasons why you are struggling with this-
First, the conventional definition of “success” does not take into account what is important to you, what brings meaning to your life and what makes you happy. Your definition of "success" maybe be based on someone else's goals and ideas and that may be the reason it feels so hollow even when you do achieve it.
Second, perhaps for the first time in human history, we are overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices that we have which has a huge bearing on the deteriorating quality of our decisions
Third, there is a huge amount of opinion overload due to the strength and number of outside influences that we are subjected to via social media and other platforms.
Fourth, the mistaken idea of “having it all” is can lead to overschedule our days and fitting in as many more things as we can in 24 hours
At the end of the day, what you choose to say YES and NO to and what you decide to do indicates when and where you spend your time. When you think that TIME is outside of you and controlling you, you will have a hard time ever having enough of it.
In this week's podcast episode I have shared with 4 subtle shifts that you can make today, to change your perception about how you can manage time differently.
(I have discussed this and other related topics like “time excuses” in more details in podcast episode number 16 called "Appreciating the gift of "TIME"- how your ability to choose can make you more productive")
At the end of the day, TIME takes care of itself if you take care of it. At the same time, keep in mind that the ability to CHOOSE how you spend your time is the greatest that you have in your control.
Are struggling to figure with any of the following?
-a vague sense of discomfort with life in general
-life seems to be a series of one activity after another
-feeling confused and disoriented about what you are doing
You can get some clarity by pausing to ask yourself these questions-
What is really important to you?
What brings meaning to your life?
What do you want to do and be in your life?
Is it your health? Your work? Your relationships? Your family?
Then you will benefit from this free, LIVE FB Challenge cum training
"Making time for what matters most" starting on the 21st of September 2020
After this training, you will have more TIME, clarity, feel more relaxed, motivated and confident so that you can achieve MORE by doing LESS
In this training, I will be covering the following
- the type of mindset that you need to develop to change your relationship with TIME
- the key areas that you need to focus on to create productivity
-how to focus on results and not "hours"
- learning to prioritise your tasks based on "importance" rather than "urgent"
how to set daily and weekly goals
-planning and scheduling your way out of overwhelm
- actionable steps that you can take every day of the challenge with the help of a FREE WORKBOOK
So make sure that you REGISTER to grab the WORKBOOK to go along with this challenge by clicking on the link below
(Please note: Workbook will be sent on the 21st of September on Day 1 of the challenge)