You Have Plenty of Time…REALLY
How to find time in your day to accomplish more and feel at ease
If you’ve been searching for the meaning of life, you can stop right here. Hemingway nailed it decades ago.
It’s all true.
It’s not all the truth, mind you. The truth is fact. Fact, meaning anything that we can all 100% agree on, or is backed up by empirical evidence.
You are reading words right now. That is a fact. It is the truth.
What you think about these words is what’s true for you. Therefore, what is true about these words depends on which one of you I’m talking to right now.
Here’s the cool part about this…
Untold riches lay in being able to observe the many versions of true that exist simultaneously.
And time? That’s a gold-mine.
Because it’s all true.
How many times each day do you say or think,
“I don’t have enough time,”
“I’m too busy,”
“I can’t _________ because there isn’t enough time.”
Think it enough times and it becomes true for you.
What if I told you that you absolutely do have enough time? If you believed me, that would be true, too.
It’s all true.
The point is, each day you accomplish some things and don’t accomplish others. No matter how busy you are, each day you goof off, daydream, and get distracted.
It is your version of true – your version of what is expected, of what is possible, and of what you intend – that creates your reality when it comes to time.
“But there are only so many hours in a day!!!”
I hear you.
I’ve said it myself in frustration a million times. And yet mysteriously, some days I accomplish a seemingly un-accomplishable number of things and some says I accomplish almost nothing.
I’m sure it’s the same for you.
And the crazy part? Your relative ease doesn’t correlate to how much you get done – or how much “time” you have. The ease or dis-ease you experience each day is 100% related to what you believe is true about that day.
Making time easy
Be clear about your intention.
We get this confused a lot. We think that our to-do list is our intention. It’s not. It is merely a list of tasks. Each day, you will only accomplish what you intend to accomplish, and you will accomplish what you intend with ease.
● To-do list:
● Bring lunch to dad in hospital
● Get gas
● Do grocery shopping
● Reply to emails
● Finish report for board meeting
● Create slide deck
● Meet with Sue in Accounting
● Make dinner reservations for Saturday night
● Meeting with VP Sales
● Get blow out
● Buy shoes to wear this weekend
● Go to my son’s baseball game
Intention: Spend quality time with my dad and get that promotion
Intention: Earn money to support my family and be a great mom
Intention: Get that promotion and fall in love
You can probably imagine how the underlying intention will inform how that list is prioritized. On any given day, one or another of these intentions may take precedence. By getting crystal clear on what your intention is before you start each day, you can ensure that every task related to that intention will get your priority attention.
Choose your actions
Each day, you make hundreds and hundreds of choices about where to direct your attention. Choose to direct your attention to those things that align with your intention.
All those other things? No worries. As soon as they are important enough, they will momentarily command your attention and you’ll get them done. And if they never become that important? Enough said.
Choose your story
Remember that what is true for you is what you think about. Try this. Envision your day as if it were a silent movie. See all of the things that you will likely do, the actions you will take. With the thoughts and emotions removed, the same movie could be a comedy, a drama, or a tragedy.