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Making the Most of Your Time

Do you feel like you are always so busy? You don’t have enough time and find yourself forgetting things and feeling overwhelmed.

Do you know someone who can get so much done and doesn’t ever seem frazzled or stressed out? What do they know that you don’t? It’s easy to compare yourself and feel like there must be something wrong with you. Now you're feeling short on time, stressed out, AND not good enough. A terrible combination. We think of time as a fixed thing. We all get the same 24 hours in a day. But I want to invite you to start thinking about time differently. Time is a mental construct. Begin to think about time as something you can create. There are things we do that cost time. There are things we do that make time. This is why one hour “feels” different, depending on what you are thinking and experiencing. An hour of traffic “feels” different than spending an hour watching a movie. The hour is exactly the same amount of time. Time can feel like it slows down or speeds up depending on how we are thinking about it. Here are some ways we can cost ourselves time:

  • Worrying

  • Confusion

  • Indecision

  • Judging ourselves and others

  • Regretting

  • Overwhelm

Decide to start thinking about time in a way that will feel like you are creating more of it. When you stop indulging in emotions that don’t serve you, you will find that you can get more done. Worrying pretends to be necessary, but produces nothing of value. Trying to gain others' approval can cost us time. We waste time trying to control something that’s outside of our control. Indecision is one of the most common ways we cost ourselves time. We choose to be stuck instead of taking action and moving forward. Pay attention to how you spend your time. What can you think that will help you feel determined and committed to taking action? When you start noticing the small ways you waste your time, you will surprise yourself at how you can intentionally begin to create it.

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