As you begin to really manage your time, everything is going to come up. Your brain is going to find a reason why things won’t work the way you want them to. Everything is going to seem to happen at the wrong time so that your time is nonexistent. I know this because this has been my experience.
This is where you have to make a decision. You have the choice to decide to let time rule you, OR you can decide that you are going to keep going even though it appears to not be working. Today we are going to take a look at what both of these are like.
In the first scenario, you are letting time control you. You are letting the circumstances of your life determine whether you have time and you probably always feel ‘busy’ and overwhelmed. You tell yourself that you don’t know how long things take and they end up taking a lot of time and you don’t have enough time.
You have to decide how much time something gets. I have talked about Parkinson’s Law before. It says “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
Plan a certain amount of time to do something, and that is the amount of time it gets. Do not see how much time something takes. If you don’t know how long it’s going to take, still set a time limit and do your best to meet it.
You can tell yourself that it takes 20 minutes to clean the bathroom, and it will take you 20 minutes. Or, you can tell yourself that you are going to clean the bathroom in 5 minutes, and get it done in 5 minutes.
I did this with my blog posts. It used to take me a week to write a blog post. I would outline it one day, write it the next, edit it the next, then spend time ‘perfecting’ it or re-writing it before it ever got published.
Now I give myself an hour. I sit down on Monday morning and I write a blog post. I make sure I get it done within an hour. I am committed to it, so it just happens.
Decide how long something should take and do it in that amount of time. Stop letting time control you.
Okay. In the second scenario you are really trying to be in control of your time, but nothing is going your way.
Sometimes when we have a goal we are working toward, the universe seems to conspire against us. I like to think it’s because we are changing frequencies and until we really align ourselves with what it is we truly want, there’s a sort of discord.
This is what it means to keep working on your goal even when your results are not there. So, when you finally feel dedicated to waking early and you have a plan for exactly how you are going to spend your time when you get up and you actually feel motivated to follow through, but then you have sick kids or you were up with your baby most of the nigh and morning comes and all you want to do is to stay in bed. This is when you make that decision.
If you decide to stay in bed because you are too tired, guess what’s going to happen tomorrow? And the next day?
Remember, our brain wants us to stay in bed. Our brain thinks it’s safe to stay in bed.
But what if you didn’t? What if you got out of bed and still followed through with your plan even though you were tired?
How do you think you would feel having accomplished that?
Do you think you would even be tired?
A lot of times when we do the things that are fun for us, they rejuvenate us. They motivate us to do even more.
Think about your time in this way. What would motivate and inspire you?
Do you want to be the person who floats through life wondering how long things are going to take and hoping you have the energy to do them?
Or, do you want to be the person who decides how long something will take and who does things no matter how you are feeling because you know that when you have your result you will feel amazing.
When you start managing your time, the mind drama is going to be there. Be ready for it. Decide to be in control of your time.
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