There’s just not enough hours in the day… or is there?
Why is it that some people seem to be super productive and achieve and accomplish so much, where as other people seem to struggle with the tasks of day to day life.
Over the years of working with thousands of clients probably one of the biggest complaints I hear is regarding time, or more precisely the lack of time people feel they have.
I hear things like;
Life is busy and I’m guilty of saying all of these, but these are also a way of thinking, a mindset. And if we’re not careful they can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, a belief and programming that drives the way we run our life.
It’s our perecption of time, our beliefs, habits and conditioning, our daily rituals, how we organize and plan our day, that makes the difference.
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn
The reality is, we all have the same 24 hour in the day. You can’t create, or buy any more time, so it’s how we choose to utilise the time we have, to do the things that are important to us, and the activities that are going to move us closer to the outcomes we want out of life.
Things don’t always go as plan, being a working Dad of 2 I know this, as I’m writing this my son is home from school sick. This wasn’t in my plan of action for today, sometimes you have to be flexible and re-adjust.
But if you don’t set out with purpose, you can quite easily get caught up in the current of life.
As Zig Ziglar said it’s “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
In the absence of real focus and purpose, we find ourselves taking part in displacement activity and letting the day, the week, the year, life run us, rather than us running it!
We can easily blame external factors for getting in our way, fuelling our frustration and overwhelm for why we aren’t getting things done and achieving the things we want. The key is to remember we can’t change all those external factors, but we can change the way we allow ourselves to respond to them.
And in the case of time, we just need to re-focus, re-priortize and get back on track as soon as we can.
What if you actually changed your focus, changed your language and adjusted mindset, and shifted your thinking to be more productive, to utilise the time you do have, to be more efficient.
Alongside this, imagine if you could adopt better quality habits that allow us to be better with your time, like;
Be more prepared
Have a plan
Adjust to interruptions
Do the important things first before the become urgent.
“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” Albert Einstein
So to summarize, in order to get the most of our time we need to take responsibility for how we use it, we need to prioritize what’s important to us, then plan our time accordingly and create a plan of action to make it happen. But be mindful that we can and may need to re-focus from time to time.
Secondly the focus and language we use around time, impacts our mindset and the relationship we subconsciously have around time.
Once you become aware of the negative language you use around time, then you can start to change the quality of your thoughts, and start using cleaner more empowering language.
Here’s some examples of some positive language, that you could introduce to both your self talk and the language you use out loud.
I hope these ideas are helpful to you, and I’m sure you can expand on these to find some that are even more effective for you.
Remember the way the mind works is, we get more of what we focus on, so expand your mind to the possibility of what could happen if change your focus and think of time differently!
Change your way of thinking and everything else follows!
Now is your time, make the most of it and enjoy it!
All the best
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