Let’s Talk About Time
If you didn’t read Part I of this series check it out here.
You can probably sense where this is going if you read the previous blog.
“I don’t have time” and “I’m too busy” – two phrases to scrap completely.
We all have 24 hours in a day. We all have a mixture of basic needs (sleeping at night), and responsibilities (looking after little people, going to work), and most of us are plugged into social media 23.5 hours a day mindlessly scrolling for FOMO on something important.
OK, I exaggerate, but seriously, how much time do we fritter on things that don’t need doing? And then lament how great we’d be and what lustrous lives we’d live, if we just had the time for it.
Let’s Do the Maths
Let’s assume you work 40 hours a week. You spend 7 hours a week getting to and from work. You sleep 8 hours a night, which is 56 hours a week. That’s 103 hours a week.
We each get 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. That’s 168 hours a week. Everyone gets the same amount. Time is very fair in that sense.
Assuming the first calculation pretty much sums up your responsibilities, i.e. time already spoken for, that leaves 65 hours a week FREE TIME! 65 hours a WEEK!! That’s sooooooo much time!
Doing for the Sake of Doing
So if you don’t have time. What are you doing with all those hours? Aside from outright wasting time, do you (like me) find yourself busily in motion doing a lot of stuff that appears to be productive but is actually just doing for the sake of doing to make yourself feel better and avoid doing what you actually need to be doing to move ahead in life? Or you know, just relaxing and truly enjoying those hours doing what you love?
I say this because I’m guilty of it. I’m currently doing a 90 day challenge with my doTERRA gals and it AMAZES me my capacity to divert into doing a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, a social media post here, catching up on emails there, responding to texts right away, basically nice easy distractions that give me a sense of being productive and ‘on top’ of things, so that I don’t actually have to get on and ‘do the work’ because if I procrastinate on calling that person I know needs calling then I can postpone possible failure and stay safe. OK, that went down a bit of a rabbit-hole.
My point is we often make ourselves feel super busy and like we don’t have time, but if we look at what we’re doing, cut out the things that don’t really matter or need doing, we’ll find ourselves with a lot more space to breathe and do the things that matter.
Does This Need Doing?
Zoom out a year from now and look back at what you’re doing today. How much of it actually matters? Drop the stuff that doesn’t matter so you have space for the stuff that matters.
And if you’re already doing that and still find yourself crying out to say “but I’d don’t have time for x, y, z” then flip it around with “I’m choosing to focus on this other GREAT (make sure it is is great, not just random social media scrolling and mindless consumption) thing right now”.
According to some traditions we each reincarnate 84,000 times, so our soul has many, MANY, lifetimes to do the work it needs to do. So if you feel hurried and like there isn’t enough time for it all, zoom out to this soul perspective and relax
Some mantras to relax and open up time and space:
“I’m choosing to focus on other things right now”
“I’m nurturing these other areas of my life right now”
“I can do it all of course, but not all at the same time”
“ I have alllllll the time in the world”