How Can I do More In Less Time(Without The Overwhelm)
It’s what a lot of people want, I know I do.
I’m always looking for ways to be more intentional about my time because I know it’s my most precious resource.
I don’t want to waste time on things I don’t really love doing. I want to do the things I love, the things that make me feel like I’m in flow.
Today I’m going to share with you some of the things that have worked for me and my clients when it comes to what I call “Time Expansion”, creating more time and space for the things you love and getting more done in less time!
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Know what’s important - You can’t really be intentional with your time unless you know what’s important to you. We spend a lot of time in autopilot, going through the motions. We sometimes aren’t even paying attention to the daily tasks we participate in. If you truly want to be intentional you have to start by knowing your core values. This is you taking a look at all the areas of your life and writing out a core value(What matters most) for each area. If you want more details, I talk about this in Episode#012 of the Soul Aligned Self Care Podcast. >Check it out here<
When you do this, you can compare what you're doing daily to your core values and see if they’re aligned. If not then start to slowly make adjustments that will point you in the direction of your core values.
Know Your “WHY” - What is your “WHY”? Your “WHY” is the reason you're doing the things you do every day. Why are you working towards a goal or dream? Knowing deep down why reaching that goal is important, knowing your “WHY” about the job you do, your family, and your hobbies is important. When things get tough or hard, and they always do, you can go look at your “WHY” and lean on it for inspiration. So take some time to write out your “WHY” for all the things you do. If you want a powerful tool on how to do this check out Episode #016 of the SASC Podcast >here<. I’ll show you how easy it is.
Declutter your mind, space, and processes - No, I’m not going to get all Marie Kondo on you. Well, maybe I will because when you create space what it does is make room for better things to come into your life. Declutter the mind of all the to-do’s and worries. Handle that shit right away so it’s not looping in your head. It’s funny how we put uncomfortable things off because we just don’t want to deal with them. But the amount of stress it causes you, the amount of time you waste thinking about it, for not doing it, is tenfold, and sometimes lasts for weeks. Like calling the bank about the unknown charge, the uncomfortable conversation with your inlaws, whatever it is, just get it done so it’s not stress looping in your head for weeks. You know what I’m talking about, because when you finally do it, you’re like, “Why did I wait so long, it wasn’t that bad”, followed by a long exhale. Decluttering our space is magical. We’ve all experienced the exhilaration of cleaning a closet or the kitchen junk drawer. When or space is clear is makes room for the new. Also, your day and your processes flow with ease when everything is organized and clean. Decluttering your processes is creating flow with all your daily tasks. Getting ready in the morning, getting the kids to school, your workout, making dinner. It’s looking at those daily tasks and asking yourself, how can I make this easier for myself? How can I make it flow better? This might take some upfront work and time but the amount of time you’ll save and the amount of stress you’ll avoid is priceless!
Learn how to say “NO” - This is a big one for a lot of people. Saying no can be difficult. Especially if you're a recovering people pleaser like me. Believe me, I know. Take the time to evaluate what the task is, yes, you’re allowed to take time to make a decision as to whether you want to do something or not. Ask yourself, does it support your core values? Then decide if it’s a hell yes! Or a uhhh no. If it’s a no, then all you’re required to do is say no. There is no explanation needed. So practice doing this, say no with no excuse attached. You owe no one an excuse. This is your time, your most valuable resource. Treat it that way. Now, you can be polite and say something like thanks for thinking of me but right now I'm going to have to pass. Or just no, I’m not available to do that. The main point is to start paying attention to the tasks your agreeing to and decide if you want to ditch it, delegate it, or do it.
These are some of the things that have worked magic in my life and also in my clients. Give them a try and if you need extra support just reach out. They may be pretty simple but not always easy to implement.
Like I said before, you'll have to invest some time upfront and it might be difficult work, but the time and space you create for yourself are priceless!
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