One of my favorite quotes from last year went something like this, “time is the one thing every person has in common. It levels the playing field. We each have the same 24 hours in a day and can use them as we want.” I heard this during one of the lectures at IIN that was focused on productivity and time management. The point was that even people like Oprah or Bill Gates have the same amount of time to get things done each day as I do. It’s not a thought to get down on myself about. It’s a new way to think about how to make the most of each day. Since this month is dedicated to time management, I wanted to share three things that have really helped me make the most of my time in this past year.
Since this year is dedicated to Desire Mapping, I have been giving myself permission to take control of my time. That is to put the things that I really care about first, and not over-committing to things that I’m not super into.
3 Ways to Take Charge of Your Time
1). Put first things first. Not sure where to start? Start with your soul and health. For me, this means I make my priorities things like time for prayer, meditation, reading/listening to inspiring podcasts and talks, journaling, walking, moving (barre and yoga are my go-to), getting outside, cooking, and SLEEP. Those are the things which allow me to fully show up in the other obligations of my day. They are the things that allow me to tune in, and help me keep focused on what really matters rather than getting overly caught up in the day-to-day drama. It keeps me connected to my soul and inner guide, and helps me sort through what thoughts to keep and what thoughts to “shred.”
2). Set yourself up for success. For me this means picking out my clothes and packing my lunch the night before. I often create a menu for the week, so I at least know I have the ingredients to make healthy meals when I’m in a rush. I don’t get upset if I don’t follow the menu, but it allows me to prioritize variety and healthy foods so that I can nourish myself well and not get stuck eating the same thing every day. I also try and stay organized and put things back in the right places so that I can maintain outer order even in the midst of crazy weeks.
3). Make time to rest and relax. Because you’re not really useful to your work, your loved ones, and yourself if you’ve completely depleted your energy reserves. Schedule time to pamper yourself and rest. Let yourself spend half a day getting lost in a book, or spend an evening in the bath, or even just take an afternoon nap so that you can give yourself what you need. Take time away from checking your work email, and keep certain times sacred for yourself. When you are constantly able to give yourself the things you need, you aren’t going to rely on other people or substances to do it for you. Rest is so crucial in muscle repair, and also for your brain. Let yourself rest, guilt-free, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself to be way more productive.
What are your best tips to make the most of your time? I’d love to hear in the comments below!