This post, about 6 ways to create more time in your life was originally published in early 2015. As we enter the busiest time of the year for many families, the strategies will help all of us get through the last few weeks of school and perhaps help us with our summer plans.
“You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the magic tissue of the universe of your life. No one can take it from you. No one receives either more or less than you receive. Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you. Moreover, you cannot draw on the future. Impossible to get into debt. You can only waste the passing movements. You cannot waste tomorrow. It is kept for you.”
When I first hear this quote read by the famous Jim Rohn, it struck a major chord with me. Time is such a special gift. Yet many of us go through life acting as though we have an endless supply. Every day I wake up and say thank you for the gift of another day. Tomorrow is not promised. Trust me, when you’ve been in a life threatening situation, those words ring true.
So why is that ‘I’m so busy’ or ‘I just don’t have the time’ are memes that circle around in our lives? I’d love to share with you my top tips for avoid the ‘lack of time trap’ and the ‘I’m so busy’ badge.
1. Visualize your life in 3 years.
Are you letting every day pass you by as if it’s Groundhog Day? Or are you designing your life? What are you three big life goals in the next 3 years? Write them down. Post them where you can see them every day. Take a photo and make it your phone screen saver.
2. Let it go.
Not just a song from Frozen but a really great piece of advice. Take a good hard look at how you are spending your days. Is everything you are doing serving you? Do you enjoy what you’re doing at work, volunteering, coaching, with your kids, with your spouse, in your home? If not, let go or delegate those things that are not serving you and create space for the most important things. And the most important things are those actions that are going to help you to reach your 3 year goals.
Go back to number one and figure out what are the most important things that I need to be doing TODAY to reach my goals in 3 years? If getting healthy is most important, then you’ve got to make time to exercise and cook real food. If freedom is most important to you, then you’ve got to make time to work on your plan to get you FREE. The gift of time-freedom is probably the biggest gift I have from my network marketing business. If you’re in the biz, make time in your schedule to grow your biz so that you can be free too.
You may feel bad that you’ve wasted so much time already. Since every day is a chance to start all over again, focus on the 24 hours you have been given every morning when you wake up. How are you going to make the BEST use of your time today?
5. Mind your words.
Raise your hand if you already know that our thoughts become things? Thanks to The Secret and Rhonda Byrne, most us are aware that we are creating our reality with our thoughts and our words. Make a decision to stop using ‘I’m so busy’ as an excuse. Learn to say no instead. ‘I don’t have time’ isn’t actually real. Yes, you do have the time; you’re simply choosing to do other things instead.
6. Keep a time journal.
How many of you have kept a food journal or spending journal before? A time journal is essentially the same thing, you’re taking note of what you’re doing throughout your day in 15 minute increments. And much like a food journal or spending journal, your habits will change simply by tracking what you’re doing.
I challenge you to start creating more time in your life for doing the things you love, right now. The world needs more people who are living their passion and expressing their creativity in this world. I leave you with this final quote by Arnold Bennett.
“We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow.” What are you waiting for?
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