Another week down and 2017 is speeding by – May is just around the corner! Where has the time gone!?! Have you been doing everything you imagined in 2017? On track with you goals or resolutions?
2017 is flying by and I am sure many of you can relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed with everything on your plate and the busyness of life. We have all these things we want to do but yet we don’t do them and site dozens of reasons (excuses) as to why. The number one excuse – time. We have all heard it and/or said it before: “I’m too busy”, “I don’t have the time” or “I have too many other things on my plate”.
I’m calling bullshit. We have the time – we just aren’t using it.
The feeling of being “too busy” means we are trying to juggle too many things that don’t matter. We need to ask ourselves what tasks/responsibilities/commitments align with our priorities. Better yet, we have to ask ourselves “what are our priorities!?”
I find that when I am consistently responding to people with “I’m so busy” then it’s time to get my sh*t together and start figuring out what doesn’t need to be on my plate or in my life.
“Our actions are a reflection of our priorities.” – Gandhi
What do your actions and the things you spend the most of your time on say about you and what you prioritize?
Are you wasting time and energy on people and things that you don’t truly care about or want to be doing? If so, stop. Stop now. Rethink how you are spending your time and energy and allocate them to the things you want to be doing! As cheesy as it is….you only have ONE LIFE! Don’t waste your time on things that don’t matter!
Stop talking about the things you want to do and start doing them.
Let’s try an experiment…
Write down the 3 most important things in your life – your top three priorities in order of importance. Ready? Go!
Now, right down the top 3 things you spend MOST of your time on? Go!
How do these lists compare? Do you say family/friends are the most important thing to you but you spend most of your time on work? Hint: that’s my list! If you’re like me, I have some things out of wack – and need to align my time and energy with the things I value and prioritize in life.
The reality is we are not that busy – we are just mismanaging our life and not aligning our priorities with our actions. Take a time out to really think through what your priorities – when we clarify our priorities; decision making becomes a lot easier and you will find your time and energy is spent on the things that matter most to you. We stop saying “yes” to everything and start saying “yes” to the things that truly matter to us.
Here are some quick tips for aligning your time and actions with your priorities:
- Know what you value. If you value family time – than that should be a priority. If you value your health and well-being – make it a priority and put some effort and energy into it! Take some time to thing about what matters most to you and write it down.
- Learn to say “no”. You can’t do it all. Learn to be picky and only take on the things that align with your values and that you truly want to be doing. Don’t feel bad” for saying “no”!
- Stop wasting time. We’re all guilty of it – we say we “don’t have time” but yet we come home from work at night and sit in front of the TV and watch Netflix till midnight or scroll through Pinterest for 4-hours. You have the time -you’re probably just choosing to waste it on other things…
At the end of the day – you are in control of your actions and your time. If you are “too busy” or “don’t have the time” then that is on you and only you. Know your priorities and align your time and energy with them.
Embrace the day!
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