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We’ve all heard it before…

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But have you ever sat down, gotten quiet, and thought about it? People say it, so it must be true, right?

During the last launch of my Time Abundance Program (Next one coming up soon!!!) it was shocking to me to learn just how  many women view time as an enemy. Do you?

If you resonate with any of the following, time may NOT be on your side (and it’s TIME to do something about it)…

You feel like your list is never ending
You are exhausted at the end of day, wondering what you even accomplished
You feel like there is a lot of “wasted time” throughout your day and wish there were a way to get more done

Any of that sound familiar? Trust me, I can relate.

My goal for this post is for you to come away with a better understanding of your relationship with time and perhaps a few time abundance tips and tricks!

First, let’s get a firm grasp on our relationship with time…
Let’s try something. It will only take a moment and you can do it while you read this post. (In others words, I won’t take up too much of your money…I mean time)

Here we go…
Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. Some of you may find this easy, others may find it comical, or perhaps you find it down right unrealistic…whatever your feelings are on it, imagine as best you can $86,400 being deposited into your account.
It carries over no balance from day to day (no rollover bucks here) and every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do??
DUH! Draw out EVERY cent, of course!

Okay, here’s where it gets cool…each of us has such a bank, and its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as a loss, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose.
Are you adding up your money (I mean minutes) yet?!?
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.
Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is ultimately yours.

Are you SPENDING all your hard earned minutes or are you letting them go to waste?
There is no drawing against ‘tomorrow.’ You must live in the present on today’s deposit.
Invest it and you’ll get from it the utmost health, happiness, and health.

So….
Does time really equal money or does it equal something of even greater value?
Okay, by now you know what your real relationship with time looks like.

Let’s get on to your tips and tricks…
Reply to this post to let us know your favorite trick or technique that helps you stay present or just flat out GET MORE DONE.

The clock is running…
Make the most of today. And everyday. And every penny!

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Same number of hours per dayMassively messy desk.

Blew past the deadline weeks ago.

Outrageous procrastination factor.

How will I ever get this done?

I’ve got it!

  1. Binge-watch The Good Wife.
  2. Pace in circles around the office while gulping coffee and gnashing my teeth.
  3. Keep postponing, waiting for the adrenaline rush to kick in.

Hmmm. Maybe there’s another way?

I’m not a big fan of traditional time management systems because they don’t really get to the root-cause of a lack of time.  You.  Er, Me.

I’ve studied a lot of time management programs. And here’s one idea I’ve used that has actually helped me get myself to do the important things.

Break the task into bite-size pieces.

When I was recently faced with a looming deadline and a wreck of a messy office, I set a timer for 10 minutes only. I did as much as I could. When the timer rang, I stopped.

Left the room. Brewed a cup of tea. Wandered around outside for a bit.

Came back and set the timer for 10 more minutes.  Four mini-cyclones later, I had the desk cleared. Books put away. Papers organized into one of 4 priorities:

Priority 1:   Today – beside computer

Priority 2:   This week – in magazine-type file box on desk

Priority 3:   This month – file folders in cabinet near desk

Priority 4:   Long-term – filed in cabinet in closet

                   

A friend of mine wrote her entire master’s thesis in 5-minute bites a day.

If the thoughts were flowing, she re-set it for another 5 minutes. If she was struggling, she got up and did something else.

Before Timer: Not doing it

After Timer: Done

Some days 20 minutes or 2 paragraphs is the best day.

 

When you find yourself in Procrastination Purgatory, try this.

Play with time.

How many small tasks can you get done in a short amount of time?

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  • Texting while driving even though you know it’s dangerous.

    Froggy Mind - jumping to past and future

    Froggy Mind – jumping to past and future

  • It’s hard to remember things.
  • Distracted, even around people you love.

 Sound familiar?

 I know. You’re busy. Crazy busy. Doing 3 things while your mind is mucking around in your endless to-do list.

I’d be loading laundry, cleaning the cat box and making a mental grocery list as I was ruminating about the looming deadline on a project.

One day I passed a store window and wondered who that woman was, rushing by with her chin jutting out. I realized with a jolt it was my own reflection.

I was running through my life instead of actually living it.

 The tension of doing one thing while worrying about the need to do another left me feeling tired and wired. And yes, more than a wee bit cranky.

 In his book Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less, Marc Lesser says:

No matter how mundane the activity, treat everything as important and take pleasure in it.

At bottom, whatever we are doing right now is what we are engaged in and it deserves our full attention and appreciation.”

Quieting our mind greases our mental gears. It actually improves our focus and concentration.

Instead of “body in one place, mind in another” I can notice. I’m. Here. Now.

When I’m washing the dishes, I can feel the warm water. Feel my breath at the tip of my nose. See the colors moving on the bubbles.

No matter what is going on, I can let go of froggy-mind that jumps to any place but the now moment. 

When I quiet my mind, I find I actually have more energy. I’m more alert to the song inside my heart.

And my family will tell you – I’m  a whole lot easier to be around.

Where's the mouse?

Where’s the mouse?

Earlier this month, I decided to convert. To Apple.

Ahhh, Macbook Air. Sleek. Light. It doesn’t heat up in my lap. Oh, and even better — it was free, inherited from my mother-in-law.

I hauled the Mac and my old PC over to my favorite computer geek. He spent two days copying all the files plus piles of emails and photos.

I was so excited when he called and said my new Airbook was ready for pick-up. Yes — my new identity. I was finally a savvy, shiny Apple person.

Now I could travel with my tiny laptop. I’d whip it out of my purse and utterly amaze my seat-mate on the plane.

Not so fast, pardner.

 I tried to embrace the new operating system. Really, I did. I wanted to like the Mac layout that crunched my calendar, emails and task list onto one tiny screen. Tried to keep breathing when my 200 favorite bookmarks got lost in translation.

Sometimes I enjoy change. But this one turned out to be too big a stretch.

About 2 weeks into my conversion experiment, I found myself cheating on Mac.   After all, P.C. understood me.  He had his quirks, but he was familiar. And with the Fall weather, I enjoyed the fact that he was, well, hotter.

Mac and I have broken up. I guess he was a little too slick to ever be the right one for me.

Oh, well. At least my cat likes sleeping on him.

lack of directionHave you ever felt that there’s just not enough time in the day? Most often, when we run out of time for projects or pursuits, the reason is that we’ve spent a lot of time lost in ambiguity.

When you’re supremely clear about where you’re going and what you want to do, there’s no time lost. Your actions are clear & precise, and you can make an AMAZING amount of progress in just a short period of time.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to eliminate the time-management nightmare.

1.     Plan your work.

Take a few moments to determine where you’re going and how you plan to get there. You don’t have to know all the steps or details; just write down the basic outline as you can see it.

2.     Gather your resources.

Get your tools in order. Make sure you have food & water and anything else you need to get started. What do you need to do this job right? Get it.

3.     Work your plan.

Give yourself a deadline, then follow your outline step-by-step. If you get lost or distracted, come back to your outline and see what’s next.

Before long you will have a finished product or project, and plenty of time to relax or do something else…like stare out the window for 20 minutes.

 

What are YOU going to do TODAY?

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