How to find more time
How many times a day do we hear ourselves or others say ‘I just don’t have enough time!’ ‘Where does the time go?’ ‘I need more hours in the day!’
How many times have we wished that we could just stop the clock and catch up or slow down some of our constant ‘busyness’?
Our lives seem to be moving faster and faster and we seem to have less and less time for the things we believe we need or must do, and even less time for those things we’d like or want to do.
We blink and a year has passed, or we think about a holiday we enjoyed that happened 3 years ago, and it feels like just last year.
We know on some level that all we really have is time - an endless series of moments of now, and we know that what we choose to do with our time is really important.
We all want to get to the sunset of our life looking back on some great memories, feeling proud of what we achieved or accomplished, with a sense of calm content satisfaction that comes from a life well lived.
At the same time, we are constantly putting off the things we really want to do, so we can deal with urgent pressures and immediate demands.
So what is the answer? How can we ‘create’ more time in our day?
Here are a few tips that could help you to find a few more minutes in your day for the things you really want to do, and ways to be more in the present when doing them:
Watch less TV.
And by TV, I mean less screen time on whatever device is your preference. Or you could rephrase this to - Be ‘mindful’ when watching whatever you watch - youtube, netflix, social media feeds, etc.
How many hours of screen time do you have a week? Honestly. (there's an app for that too now). And what value are you receiving from those hours, in relation to your values and life goals? This is something to think about.
If you say that you watch to relax, then consider if the content you are watching encourages feelings of relaxation within you, or not. Watching a show and then complaining about it isn’t relaxing, and impulse buying because you’re bored will lead to regret and might not fit with your financial goals.
If you are going to watch, balance your watching with some content that will add value to your life. Staying glued to non-stop coverage of an unfolding real-life drama or famous court case is like slowing down to gawk as you pass a car accident. Unless you know the person or are going to stop and help, move on and catch up on the headlines later. Immersing yourself in other people’s dramas can add real stress to your own life.
Use a reminder system
The time we can spend re-remembering things is not only exhausting but isn’t really efficient to help us keep track of the huge amount of information that we have to keep up with. Get a system to manage your appointments, social engagements, and tasks. You can use your phone, your computer, an organizer or even an old fashioned diary or notepad. Once you write something down in whatever way works for you, and you set up a system to remind you of what you want to do and when, then it is off your mind for the present and you can focus on doing something enjoyable, or just on the task at hand.
Learn to say NO!