I know, I know, the saying goes “everyone has the same 24 hours it is what you do with it that makes the difference”.
Have you also heard this statement before?
I know it to be true, but all the same, there was a time when taking control of my time in a day was like trying to ride a wild horse.
Why can taking control of our time feel like such an impossibility?
Why does it sometimes feel like there just isn’t enough?
Like a wild thing, I would think I finally had control of Time, and the next thing I knew Time had bucked me off again and I lay there wondering what the heck had happened to me.
Where did it go all wrong?
I was really “trying” to make time.
I became frustrated and stressed out and like I wanted to give up.
I was after all a semi-retired part-time entrepreneur who was “working” all the time.
This was not the life I aiming to create.
Do you know that feeling?
Let me ask you this…..
Do you have a day or a period of time when you can get so much accomplished that you even surprise yourself a little bit?
Why do think this is?
This is the same question I asked myself after being bucked off again and wondering why this might be the case.
And then I figured it out.
When I knew what I was working towards, what I was focused on, and why, managing my time to accomplish my tasks became that much easier.
I was highly motivated and focused.
I had made a choice that I really wanted what I was working towards.
It was really important to me.
I became more observant of my behaviors when it came to my time.
I noticed that when I was working without a plan, without goals, or a very specific reason why I was doing the actions I was doing, I ran out of time.
I accomplished very little and I spent more time “working” than I did when I knew what I was moving towards.
This was when I realized what would keep me on my wild horse and tame Time.
I started using a calendar system.
I started blocking off times during the day to allocate to everything in my life.
I became more structured which provided me with more freedom because I was no longer at the mercy of time. I was not the victim of time.
I was becoming the master of the time.
I planned what I was working on and I knew why I was devoting time to these activities.
I played around with my schedule and allowed myself to freely experiment with it.
I became more disciplined at following my calendar activities because I started to see the results of blocking off time. I was relieved to no longer feel that I was lost in it all and ended up down some rabbit hole somewhere a million miles away from what I sat down to do.
I quickly realized when I had veered off course and was able to revisit my goals and make a few adjustments to get back on that horse.
I was easily able to prioritize what I said yes and no to.
I started spending more quality time with my family and friends.
I was able to be more present with them because I was making time for them.
I was not stretching myself thin.
I became a better communicator with my family which made it easier for them to come to me because they did not feel like they were bothering me.
I had more time for myself and I did not feel guilty about it or stressed out anymore…and
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