Take Time to Make Time

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

 

 

The other day, I had a conversation with a colleague who is feeling overwhelmed by summer. Her youngest child graduated from high school this year and is preparing for his first year of college. Her eldest, an out-of-state university student, is home for the summer and preparing to move into an off-campus apartment in the fall. There are three major birthdays in the family this month. Not to mention her own work and preparation for an upcoming trip abroad.

She is continually putting her aspirations of starting a new entrepreneurial activity aside through all of this and she’s feeling frustrated because despite her desire to pursue her idea, she has not taken the action she feels is required to make progress. She kept saying, “There just isn’t enough time!”

So I asked her what her typical day is like. She said that she starts with 15-20 minutes of meditation or devotion and spends about an hour a day relaxing before bed. She also said that she uses a to-do list to keep her on track during the day. Occasionally, she takes a soaking bath to relieve tension and soothe sore muscles after a workout.

I asked whether she thought she could schedule an additional 30 minutes a day to devote to herself and make a date with herself to take at least two soaking baths a week. She said she thinks she can.

So I’m going to hold her accountable and check in with her next week to see how things are going. If she can keep her promise to herself throughout the summer, chances are she will have developed a habit that will serve her for the rest of her life!

“There just isn’t enough time!”

If this is a common refrain in your life, then it’s time to look at your mindset.

This is the set of beliefs or way of thinking that is specific to you and that determines your behavior, your outlook, and your mental attitude.

Your mindset comes into play when you set your goals and intentions. It is infused into every action that you take – or don’t take – to make these goals and intentions real.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I believe that I am capable of achieving my goal?
  2. Do I believe that I am worthy of (good enough for) what I want to achieve?
  3. Am I ready to accept and embrace what I want to achieve?

Getting to “yes”

If the answer to all three questions is “yes,” then you can look at other possible causes for being stuck and appropriate solutions for getting unstuck. But if the answer to any or all of the questions is “no,” then getting to “yes” is of utmost importance before addressing anything else.

Even if you don’t fully believe, taking action and succeeding at a task will move you closer to putting self-doubt aside and fully embracing what you are truly capable of. So it can be worth the effort to make a small commitment to yourself that will get you closer to “yes.”

Remember, productivity is often not about quantum leaps. Rather, it’s the BABY STEPS that allow us to make the most progress!

Take Time to Make Time

What small thing can you implement in your daily schedule to help you move past feeling overwhelmed and regain control of how you manage yourself with regard to time?

Take a time-out right now and commit to it. If a week-long commitment feels like too much, start with one day. See how it goes.

Reward yourself when you succeed. Then make a new commitment for the next day.

Rinse and repeat!

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Hi. I’m Monique, the founder of Making Productivity Easy. I help business owners find peace through productivity by taming their runaway businesses so they can once again enjoy the empires they’ve created. Let’s connect: Check out my full bio, schedule a Discovery Session or join the community on Facebook.

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