Top 10 Ways To Have Time on Your Terms
never seem to have enough time in the day. There seems
to be plenty of time to do things we don't like and somehow
we always manage to push ourselves and our fulfillment
out of the equation. Life is too short to live with regret
and to work so hard at things that don't really fulfill
you. So you have a choice, you can either live your life
regretting all the things that you really wanted to do,
or you can make the time and start living the life you
really want. Yes, life is busy, so here are some strategies
that will help you to get control of your time.
Become a problem free zone.
Yes, problems happen
in life, and there are ways to proactively limit your
exposure to those problems. You can limit your exposure
by creating strong boundaries, developing reserves, and
creating systems that will prevent future problems. What
are some systems that you can develop right now that will
prevent you from having problems in the future?
Create enriching free time.
So often when we do
have free time we spend it on some mind numbing activity
such as TV. Devote some of your free time each week doing
something that really enriches your life. Do something
that makes you feel fantastic and blissed out. The rest
of your week will get a big boost and you will find that
you are effortlessly getting things accomplished.
When you have committed
to spend the time, are you present? Or are you thinking
about the other things that you have to do? Often when
we are at work we are thinking about the things we have
to do at home and when we are home we are thinking about
the things we have to do at work. As a result, we never
focus on what we are currently doing. This drains your
energy and because you are focused on feeling guilty you
don't produce the results you really want which leads
to problems. Focus on what you are currently doing and
concentrate on putting in a 100% effort and you will see
strong results with fewer mistakes.
Set intentions for the day.
for the day is much different than having a to do list.
Setting intentions for the day involves clearly articulating
what you want from that day. Your intentions for the day
could be anywhere from cleaning out your desk to looking
for and seeking out abundance from the day. The key is
focus, so do not set more than three intentions for the
day and center your activities around those intentions.
This is much lighter than a to-do list, which tends to
drain your energy and can keep you from feeling accomplished.
Develop healthy energy sources.
Your body gets energy
from any source it can find regardless if it is negative
or positive energy. The difference is that negative energy
sources leave you feeling drained, discontented, and restless
while positive energy sources leave you feeling happy,
peaceful, and energized. Which one sounds better to you?
Develop healthy energy sources by creating reserves of
time and money, by eating right and exercising, and doing
what makes you happy. Your day and your mood will feel
much different and you will go to bed with a feeling of
We often cause our
own time problems because we cannot say no to requests.
It is understandable that you want to help people but
why are you willing to sacrifice your own well being by
being over committed? If a request is going to leave you
feeling resentful, angry, or taken advantage of, definitely
say no. You will feel a huge sense of relief.
Get rid of commitments.
We often make commitments
that don't really add value to our goals, our vision,
or our lives. If you want to create more time in your
life you have to start being very selective about the
activities in which you participate. Really look at your
current commitments and ask yourself, is this how you
want to spend your time? Does it make you feel good? Does
it help you mover closer to your goals?
Rushing has become
a way of life for most of us. Even when we don't have
to rush we still do. Have you ever asked yourself, why
am I rushing? Only to discover that there was no reason
at all. When you rush around you are not present in your
surroundings, you are often distracted and frazzled, which
will cause you to make mistakes and take up even more
of your time. Become aware of this adrenaline rushed feeling
and make a conscious decision to slow down. Slow your
walk, slow down your speech, take a deep breath, and do
what it takes to mentally and physically slow down.
Under promise and over deliver.
We have all heard this
phrase but do we actually do it? Part of our time pressure
is caused by over promising when we don't have to. Give
yourself more time to complete a project then you think
you will need and deliver it early. Your days will not
feel as frantic, you will be getting your energy from
positive sources, you will do a better job, which helps
create your problem free zone, and you will feel good
about your accomplishments. This is a win/ win for everyone.
Really understand that you control your time, not the
other way around.
Most of us feel like
we are victims to time when in reality you control your
time and how you utilize it. Start utilizing it to your
advantage by having it work for you.