We all wish we had more time. There is not a person alive, that I have met, who has ever said “I have all the time in the world to do whatever I want”. It’s always “I don’t have enough time” or “I am too busy for….”.
Well, that’s life. We all have things we need to do to live and for society to function. However, I think many of us spend too much time on things that are not important to us and don’t make time for our top priorities…like family, self-care, hobbies, rest, our health, a career or lifestyle change, etc.
For example, for me, Facebook is a time suck. I can think I am going on it for 10 minutes but 1 hour later I am grumpy and stiff from sitting and scrolling. In this scenario, I lost 50 minutes I could have used to meditate, read, work on my newsletter or an upcoming event, or return a call. Heck, I could have prepped healthy snacks/meals for the week or have gone for a walk. So now, I limit my time on social media so I don’t waste my free time, but I don’t feel deprived, and I can have time for what is most important to me…and it’s not surfing the web.
There is also an app for that. (of course there is) She Knows: programs to limit time on social media
Managing your calendar is especially important for people who do not have a regular schedule. When each day is different, it’s hard to get into a routine. For me, there are days that I even need to schedule time for my shower, just to make sure my schedule is manageable, I get done what is most important to me, and I don’t over-extend myself.
If you want more time for what you truly love…get organized and just schedule it. No if’s, and’s, or but’s. Make a place holder in your calendar and set a reminder. If it’s important to you, it’s important to give it the attention it deserves. Almost all of us have some time in our schedules available or where we are wasting time.
When I work with my coaching clients, every goal is defined by a day, time, duration for a very specific action they want to accomplish in the week. They ALWAYS come back saying how much that strategy worked and how they got so much more accomplished. Even those that really fight that level of commitment do come back to say how much it helped…IF what they are doing is important to them.
So, if you really want to do something. Put it on your calendar. It can always be moved/delayed if something comes up, but do not delete and forget about it.
Your personal priorities are important and deserve your time. Do not give yourself away. Create time boundaries that protect what is most important to you.
If you do this, I think you will find that you feel more focused, energized, and accomplished.
PS: Social Media addiction is real and growing. Read this article by LifeWire on ways to beat Facebook Addiction if you or someone you know is struggling to gain control over their Facebook usage. Beat Facebook Addiction