Do you feel that there is never enough time? Are you always playing beat the clock? In our technology age of “faster is better”, we are always trying to fit more things into our already busy schedules. Because of this relationship with time, we have come to view it as a very valuable and precious commodity. After all, like the old saying goes “time is money”. Unfortunately, we only hurt ourselves when we operate with this mindset. Therefore, rather than feel like you are at the mercy of time, it’s important to realize that you have the power of choice. That’s right; you get to decide how you will use your time. That being said, you want to look at how you view your time, as well as how you spend it?
As we explore the answers to these questions, you will gain the ability to change your relationship with time. Learn more from the following concepts and practice using these tools in your daily life:
- So, how do you view time? If you continually send yourself the message that you never have enough time, then guess what…you will continue to create just that – not enough time. Now’s your chance to re-frame it. Practice focusing on “having more than enough time”. Keep affirming that statement everyday and watch your time expand.
- When accounting for the amount of time to allot for performing tasks or engaging in activities, it’s important to set a limit. Initially knowing this enables you to work within that time frame. Therefore, if you allow more time for something, you will definitely use all of that time. Consequently, allocating less time will cause you to finish the activity in that shortened span. It’s amazing to see that you actually complete the task according to the time that you assign to it.
- How do you spend your time? Is it spent on things that you enjoy or are you just filling your time? What’s really the priority to you? It’s all about choices. Make time for the things that you value, and commit to them by writing them down on your schedule. It’s important to include yourself on this list by allowing yourself some “down time”.
- Stay present in the moment. Focusing on the past or the future can create a time deficit by robbing you of the present moment. Therefore, be fully engaged in the now.
- Allow yourself more time to just “be”. Whether you do nothing and just relax or sit in meditation, either choice will allow the perception of time to slow down.
Remember time is not the enemy, it’s your relationship to time – so make peace with it. Work with time rather than against it!