By Victoria Mills
We are now at Week 6 of Lift Your Life coaching program! I want to focus this week on helping you manage time more effectively. With greater energy and more vitality for life, let’s look at how you can get more out of your day and accomplish more!
When was the last time you stopped to consider where your time is being spent and how you feel about it? How many hours do you really work? How much time do you spend caring for others? How much of your time is spent caring for you? By the end of this chapter you will have a clearer understanding of how time is impacting on your life and sabotaging your success. Keeping an orderly ‘house’ encourages and promotes a clear mind and soul so you can manifest your dreams.
Your relationship with time
You are the most valuable person you will ever know. How effectively do you nourish and value the time you spend with yourself and what you do with that time?
Are you one of these people who are always late or are you always on time? Do you have the best intention of wanting more time but then just fill up any available space with extra clutter and activities and end up more exhausted? Do you get annoyed at others when they are late? Could it be that you don’t have a healthy relationship with time and those people around you are a mirror of this?
Using time as an excuse
So many people use time as an excuse and show us that in their world they have limitation around it. For example, ‘I can’t make it, I am so busy, I don’t have time’ is so often used by all of us as an excuse. How often do you use these words as your excuse, when in actual fact it is not the truth? Maybe you only use them on a rare occasion, but often these words really mean ‘I do not want to make it as it doesn’t interest me’ or ‘I have created too much work and have no idea how to prioritise this’. Notice what you say as your excuse and start saying what is really going on for you rather than using lack of time as your excuse.
We all have the same number of hours in a day — it’s up to you how you use them. And we all have different responsibilities: holidays, change of job, illness, relationships or lifestyle can all make an impact on how much time we have available. And, again, it’s up to you what you do about that.
10 TIPS TO CREATE MORE TIME!
Most of us, if given the chance, would like more time in our lives. Of course, there are never going to be more than twenty-four hours in a day, but you can create more space within the time you already have, if you know how to do so. Following are some simple steps to help you create more time.
Time out! Ask yourself if it is okay to have space and time in your day. If not, why not? Schedule time out in your diary and give yourself permission to reconnect with and refresh yourself.
Structure! Structure your week and block our regular activities e.g. gym time/ admin/ meetings/ paying bills etc in your diary on specific days and times, as this helps to focus your energy and thoughts instead of spreading out these activities over several days.
Thoughts! Thoughts have power over your day so what are you choosing to create? What are your thoughts about time? Do you love time or resent time? Do you think you have loads of time or a lack of time? How much control does time have over you?
Affirm! Repeat positive mantras such as ‘I have more than enough time’ or ‘My day flows effortlessly’.
Change! What can you do differently to create more space and make time work for you? Do you use time as an excuse? Do you cancel appointments and reschedule meetings?
Ask yourself: Do I have better things to do with my time? Don’t reconcile your bank statements if you don’t have to. Don’t save newspapers because you’re ‘planning to go through them’. Don’t tell yourself you’ll renovate that cupboard when you clearly won’t ever make the time. Clear out old clothes that no longer fit. Say goodbye to friends or situations that don’t support your new life.
Focus! Don’t spread yourself thin. Having too much on the go means you’re setting yourself up to fail. Focus on one thing at a time. Flitting from one thing to the next means you are unlikely to do a job properly, or ever complete anything. Gather everything you need to perform a task from start to finish in the one place.
Finish! Aim to finish tasks. Decide what you need to do, and then set about doing it to completion. If it’s an ongoing task, set yourself a goal date to finish. Learn to let go of things you have not finished in years!
K.I.S.S. Making things complicated or creating something that’s complex does not serve your best interests. Follow the K.I.S.S rule: ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’. Most of us are completely unaware that we live the same story day after day. We are so caught up in our story that we are blissfully ignorant to that we had a hand in creating it.
Just do it! Get your diary out now and start to block out time in your day to action high priority tasks and low priority tasks. Do a to do list the night before so you know what your focus is for the next day, then tick off as you complete those tasks.
1. What action am I going to DO to get more organised with time?
2. What were my WINS from this last week?
3. What affirmations am I going to FOCUS on this week to step more into my magnificence?
4. What ACTION will I take towards my achieving my goals?