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).
If you are wondering where to start, think about this-
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.