So why does it seem like some people have an abundance, while you have none? It doesn’t really even have to do with the amount of responsibility the person has either. I’ve seen people with families, demanding jobs, and lots of outside commitments be cool, calm, and somehow always able to fit additional things in as they come up. What’s their secret?
Like most things in my adult life, time management is something that has ebbed and flowed for me. There have been periods where I have had tons going on, yet all the time in the world, and others when I have had barely anything going on, yet not a second to spare. So I dug in to find out what really makes the difference.
No matter where your income bracket lies, no matter who you are, we all have the same 86,400 seconds in each day.
One of the most common reasons I hear from others for not exercising, eating better, or taking better care of themselves is lack of time. So does that mean you are doomed to live the way they are, unhealthy, unfit, and stressed out, forever?
Not at all!
That is the good news! However, it will take some effort on your part. It’s not something you can magically snap your fingers and have. Law of attraction, mindset, and habits… they all play a part.
If you are anything like me, it can be super easy to dump hours unnecessarily into areas of your life where you really don’t need to. Left to my own devices, I can be the queen of productive procrastination, or being productive in activities that really aren’t priorities right now.
What’s important to you? What do you need to get accomplished? Is there a deeper reason you may be putting something off? Where do you want to spend your moments?
Once you’ve identified where to prioritize your time allocations, schedule them. And if they don’t really align with what’s truly in your heart, look at options for letting them go or changing them to be more in alignment.
Have you ever felt like you knew there was something you needed to do, but couldn’t remember what the heck it was? We’ve all been there.
Writing down where you need to spend your time may feel constraining, but in reality, it gives you freedom. It allows you to have an instruction manual for each and every day, and it helps take away that hot mess feeling we all suffer from sometimes.
Once you get into the habit of writing down where you need to focus your actions, you can look at making it more efficient. If you have three or four errands that need to be ran, if you do them all together, it can save you loads of time as opposed to running one or two, coming home, then remembering you need to run another, and then the other. Plus, you can save on gas if they involve driving, double win!
Take Time for Yourself
You have responsibilities, people who may depend on you. As cliche as it sounds… You can’t pour from an empty cup! You need to include yourself in your priorities. This is hard for a lot of us, and you may need to just trust me on this in the beginning.
Taking time for yourself will rejuvenate you and it will change your attitude. It will also allow you to be more efficient in anything you do. It’s hard because you may feel deep down that taking time for yourself is selfish when there are so many other responsibilities to take care of, but the thing is, one of your top priorities, is taking care of you.
Create Boundaries Around Your Time
I can’t reiterate this enough, your time is precious! You have the choice, in many cases, where you give your time. It isn’t something that is entitled to other people, it’s yours.
It’s hard to truly know that without feeling selfish at first, especially if you are a parent.
Granted, as a parent you do have additional responsibilities and non-negotiables. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have boundaries. If you feel yourself wanting to fight me on this one, ask yourself this…
Do you want to show your children that it’s okay to live in a state of reaction? Always being short on time, stressed out, and self-deprived of care?
That’s a bit harder to swallow, right? Show your kids that it’s okay to create boundaries around your time, that if there is something you don’t want to do, that it’s okay to say no. That it’s important to take time for yourself. That they don’t need to sacrifice being sane and happy in order to fulfill the needs of everyone asking their time. Show them how to use time wisely.
Grab my free Take Back Your Time Guide with the 17 top time traps and action steps you take today to take back control over your time.
Do you have any tried and true secrets to creating an abundance of time? Share them in the comments below!
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