Let me ask you: how is your relationship with time? Is it something you manage easily, or are you struggling to find enough time to do all you’d like to do?
If you usually have thoughts like “I don’t have enough“, “I’m running after it“, “I wish my days have more than 24h“, then it’s time to rethink about how you handle it.
Did you know that time may not exist…
Have you ever considered this: in reality, time may not exist. Humans created hours, days, minutes, seconds… to put words on their perception of constant change.
We decided a day has 24h and a year has 365 (366) days. And we have built our world using it. We set up the work week to 5 days, working hours (roughly) from 9 to 5.
In fact, time becomes a problem because of the perception we have of it. When you are in your zone, time flies so far you “don’t see it”. On the opposite, when you are bored, time seems to expand.
The difference sits with your feelings and your thoughts about time. If you want to get your power back on time, and have a peaceful relationship with it, you must explore new ways of thinking about it. You get to consciously decide how you are going to use your time.
How to use time as an ally?
Our relationship with time is a good opportunity to create more awareness about what matters for us. If we think we are missing time, why is that? How do you use your time?
One of the things you can do is to keep a track of your tasks for a week or two, so you can spot where you are “wasting” it. You can then ask yourself:
- How long do you spend on social media (or anything you use as a buffer against a negative feeling, like boredom) each day?
- What benefits do you get from x?
- How do you feel when you do x?
- Which activities fulfill you? Which activities drain you?
Of course, I don’t ask you to analyze each and every little minute of your day 😅 but I encourage you to take time to reflect on your use of time. Once this is done, you can investigate on what you want to do instead:
- What do you want to do more?
- What do you want to do less?
- How can you make this happen?
- Can you delegate or postpone anything?
- Do you “really” must do this or that? or just let it go?
- Can you pay for it, to be done by someone else?
- What other strategies can you think about to use time to your advantage?
If you are struggling to get rid of old anchored useless habits, also ask yourself about the great benefits you will get from this change.
Visualize yourself taking more advantage of your time: what positive impacts will this have on your life: is it more rest? more time with your family and friends? more time to take care about yourself?
Explore positive thinking around time, that you feel are true for you: “I have the time I need to do x“, “I am the one to chose how I use my time“, “As I am organized, I have plenty of time to do x“. Go find yours!
You don’t have to suffer from a lack of time. You can take your power back on it and consciously decide how to best use it. 💪🏻