Time Tweaks for Busy Peeps
Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get stuff done?
Like you’re being rushed?
Feel guilty when you’re not accomplishing something on your to do list?
Let’s rethink time.
Continuing to live anxiously and not creating moments for ourselves is dangerous.
It leads to health issues like increased blood pressure and insomnia, causes that wrinkle between your eyebrows, and it generally creates a feeling tension in our bodies.
What if you could
- feel like you had all the time in the world?
- reduce that tension in your shoulders PLUS
- decrease your risk of heart disease?
(Uh, yeah, sign me up!)
And what if it only took a few tweaks in your mindset?
Have you ever felt this waY? You’ve struggled with working 60 hour weeks while trying to scrape together the time and energy to keep up with friends and family.
Me too! There never seemed to be enough of either of them in the day to do what had to be done.
I felt stressed and anxious. I didn’t take time to connect with myself and pay attention to what my mind and body needed.
Then I had a life-altering breast cancer diagnosis.
Work had to stop for treatment, and I was given space to regroup and reassess. I read health books, self-help books, online articles, and anything under the sun addressing stress. I started practicing yoga and being more mindful of how I lived my life.
Change how you perceive the clock, and reduce stress. Period.
Usually we talk about time as if we’re lacking it. Every say one of these phrases?
- there’s not enough time
- there’s only 24 hours in a day
- time is scarce
- I don’t have the time
- it takes too much time to (fill in the blank)
- we’re wasting time
- time is money
We speak as if it’s finite. It’s limited, yes, but everyone has 24 hours in a day.
There’s enough of it to do what’s important to us. Somehow powerhouses like Oprah and Richard Branson find the time to connect with themselves and live fulfilling lives.
Yoga teaches concepts like abundance, and I started practicing that concept in relationship to time.
When I caught myself rushing to work, I stopped and told myself that I had plenty of time, I’ll get there when I get there. Then I took a deep breath to relax.
Practicing having an abundance of time made me feel calmer.
There’s a saying in yoga. It goes something like, “Meditate for at least 5 minutes a day. If you don’t have 5 minutes to meditate, then you need to meditate longer.” This phrase impressed on me that we have control over how we view time.
I observed that my morning tea rituals made me feel calmer despite taking 10-15 minutes a day. It wasn’t “taking” time from me. I was giving myself 15 minutes to improve my well-being and reduce the stress I felt creeping into my shoulders. (Get notified of the next 21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge by clicking here.)
Our perception of time is connected to our stress levels.
In addition to creating a self-care ritual, here are 5 more things I’ve learned that have helped me create more time in my life.
These 4 time tweaks cultivate a feeling of an abundance of time, and they create it practically.
1. Be mindful of how you speak about it.
Here’s a tweak for you. When you see yourself using any of the phrases I talked about earlier, counteract them by saying something like:
- I have plenty of it
- work will be there no matter when I get there
- if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow.
Cultivating a mindset of abundance regarding time is the first step to feeling like there’s more of it.
2. Don’t get bogged down by decision paralysis.
Ever stand in the cracker and cookie aisle at the grocery store and spend what seems like an eternity figuring out what you should buy?
That’s decision paralysis.
We are hammered with too many choices each day. Our brain only has so much capacity to make decisions before our brain is overloaded.
So many of our day to day decisions slow us down and take up bandwidth we can spend elsewhere. What do we wear? What’s for dinner? Where should I go shopping?
What I’ve done the past few years is eliminate the need for me to make some decisions by limiting my choices.
For example, I dislike standing in front of my closet trying to figure out if something goes well together. I feel there are better ways for me to use my brainpower (like writing the blog, for instance!).
If it’s not brown, black, grey or white, I probably don’t wear it. Or my pop of color (red or coral) goes with almost everything neutral. Having go to colors means I don’t have to think about something that isn’t high on my priority list.
People like Mark Zuckerberg swear by this trick to save bandwidth. He can afford to wear more than one kind of outfit, yet he wears his standard sweatshirt and jeans.
You can translate this trick to just about anything.
For dinner, theme your days. If you practice Taco Tuesdays you already do this. Try Spaghetti Sundays, Meatloaf Mondays, etc. You can also make the same meal for lunch each day and prep it ahead of time.
There are lots of ways to use this trick. It’ll repurpose your bandwidth for better uses.
3. Plan ahead (so you can say no).
Plan your priorities. What do you absolutely have to get done this week? Write a list on Sunday night.
For instance, you have to make meal plan so you can shop, take your kids to soccer, and take care of yourself (yes, this is a must too!).
When you know your priorities, you can say no to things easier. If a friend texts you to grab drinks after work on Tuesday, but Tuesday is the night you go to yoga, suggest another night.
It’s easier to say no when you know your priorities.
Then you’re not resentful of someone “taking” your me-time, and you don’t feel guilty for not making yourself a priority.
4. Organize your rituals.
Ever wake up in the morning to get ready and have to dig through a drawer to find what you need?
One day, I was fed up with how much time I used to think about where what I needed was located. So I organized what I used each day in my medicine cabinet in the order I used them.
No more forgetting to put on sunscreen or deodorant (those are rough days) because it wasn’t in front of my face.
I line up deodorant (a priority), facial cleanser, sunscreen and foundation. And I use pretty mugs to organize my brushes and miscellaneous makeup (gloss, mascara).
This system keeps me from using precious bandwidth on my morning routine, and I can use that bandwidth on things like my morning tea ritual.
Since tweaking my routines and becoming mindful of how I speak about the clock, I’ve felt less stress, and I feel that I have more time generally.
Increasing my time allows me to use energy on my priorities rather than things that don’t matter as much to me. To me, selecting my outfit, figuring out what to eat and putting on my makeup are low on my priority list.
Implement these tools, and you’ll find you’ve created more time (and energy) for yourself and your priorities.
5. Outsource things you hate doing.
Every hear the phrase, “time is money?”
Don’t like gardening because it takes too long? Hire a gardener.
Don’t like dusting or cleaning the bathroom? Hire a housekeeper.
Don’t like cooking? Order ready made meals or meal plans.
There are dozens of ways to do this if you’re motivated enough to create more time in your life.
Write a list of things you do during the week, then highlight the things you don’t like doing.
Once you know what you like doing least, find a way to outsource it.
Voila! More time!
Do you have any tricks that you swear by? Share them below in the comments section.
Lots of love,
Founder & Honorary Time Lord
Sicilian Tea Company
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