“I just don’t have time to do the things I know I want to do – and need to do.”
I’ve said it. You’ve said it. We have allllllll said this “proverbial phrase”… more than twice in our adult life.
Well, I call it “bullcrap”.
Sorry… no, not sorry at all.
Here’s the deal. Regardless of your cholesterol levels, your stage of menopause, what day you do laundry, the label on your wine bottle, or how often you buy new socks, we all have 24 hours, 7 times a week.
The difference lies in how you choose to spend the 1440 minutes each day.
Sister, I want you to notice that the keyword here is choose…
… which ultimately means YOU WILL MAKE TIME FOR THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO.
Yeah, I’m dishing out the sucker punches today, aren’t I?
But for real, it’s the dang truth. You complain about your “busy” like it’s some badge of honor, but the truth is you do it to yourself.
No one ever asks Google, “How do I fill up my calendar”. We’ve got that one figured out.
Here’s a thought. If it’s worth complaining about it, then maybe it’s not worthy of your time after all? I’m just sayin’…
So, enough with the lecture. Let’s talk about time management and life application.
Now that we are on the same page and recognize that everyone has an equal amount of time, we can address the most critical part:
How will you choose to use the time you have been given?
But first, before you make your to-do list and find the latest online calendar printable to hang on your fridge, let’s find out exactly where you are spending your time.
For two weeks, I want you to run a time audit on your current schedule and routines. Keep track of everything you do in a day. Seriously, write it down… all of it.
WARNING: You will be shocked at the amount of time you are wasting. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you, sister.)
Then really examine where you are spending your time. Doing this gives you great insight into the tasks, responsibilities, events, and time suckers you need to delegate, propagate or eliminate.
I can’t think of a better time than the beginning of a new year to get laser focused on the things that matter most to you. Can you?
Next, make a comprehensive list of those things, whether they be tasks, goals, relationships you want to prioritize, etc. If you need to, organize them into specific categories: work, business, home, family, personal, etc.
Finally, figure out what you need to do to make these things a priority. Do you need to get up a little earlier, stay up a little later? Limit your time on Social Media? Remove certain distractions? Do what ya’ gotta do, sister.
Once you are clear on what you want, then create a plan and take action. You know what they say… “A plan without action is not a plan. It’s just a speech.”
Pro tip… ok, “experience tip”:
Task batching and time blocking are excellent disciplines to help you conquer the chaos and live life on your terms.
Would you like to hear more about task batching, time blocking, and practical tips and tricks for conquering the chaos? Then keep an eye out for the release of the first Sweet Spot Masterclass, where we will work through conquering the chaos and living life on your terms.
When you join the masterclass, you will also receive an invitation to our private Facebook group. This will be your home base for good counsel, genuine encouragement, and authentic training in a community of courageous women just like you.
I hope you will join us.