Making time ⏰

It’s already late March. There’s so much going on in the world and in our lives, it’s easy to feel like we’re on a hamster wheel and time is flying by. 

When life goes too fast, it’s good to re-ground and change the way we think about time.

“For your life to work harmoniously, you need to develop a harmonious relationship with time.”
GAY HENDRICKS

Here are a few things on my mind about time:

✏️ Putting demands on paper reduces our mental load: When we make a written list of all the things we need and want to do, we can get our demands out of our head and take a clear look at them. 

🗓 Physical calendars make tasks tangible and shareable: Next comes putting things on a non-digital calendar. Whether a monthly, weekly, or daily schedule, having a visual, physical calendar helps make to-do’s tangible and shareable by everyone in a home.

Batching helps us get more done: Grouping similar tasks and doing them all at once, rather than in a scattered way, helps us stay focused, pay more attention, and minimize procrastination. Batching at home includes things like weekly meal prep, doing all of the grocery shopping in one weekly trip, and grouping kid appointments for the same day whenever possible.

🧘‍♂️ It’s good to pause… then set limits: We need to be mindful that we don’t fill our lives up with so much that we don’t have time for what’s most important. Often, this means pausing before we make decisions, then saying no to things that aren’t critical or meaningful. For busy moms, this can mean saying no to activities that support our kids in order to make time to be truly present with them. Don’t forget to prioritize downtime and any activities that help you and your family rest and reset!

🕰 We make time: In order to get more done in less time and avoid rushing around and stressing, we need to transform our understanding of time. We create our own experience of time, which means we can change our scarcity view (there’s never enough of it) to one that’s abundant, expansive, and feels good. In fact, we can actually MAKE time and create as much of it as we need. It takes practice and awareness to grasp this view of time. I recommend Gay Hendrick’s The Big Leap for more on this process.

Wishing you a lovely week,

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