To have more time, you have to want it.
Say what??? What you talkin 'bout Willis?
In the book ‘168 hours’, Laura Vanderkam reminds us that every person has 168 hours in the week. “The next 168 hours will be filled with something, but what they are filled with is largely up to you. Rather than say “I don’t have time,” say “It’s not a priority.” Think about every hour of your week as a choice. Granted, there may be horrible consequences to making different choices, but there may not be, too.”
What choice do you want to make? How do want to spend 1 hour out of this week? Be honest with yourself. This isn’t about what you ‘should’ do with your time but about what you 'want' to do with your time. Hold the judgement police back for a hot minute.
This time can be anything your heart desires -- putting your feet up to read a book, taking a walk, getting a massage, watching a movie, calling that friend or spending time with family. For me, it’s about walking to my secret garden at least once a week to get rejuvenated. Oh and dancing to teeny bopper songs like no one is watching (shhh...that’s just between us).
Whatever it is, if you truly want it, you can make it happen. What we make a priority becomes a reality -- *pinky promise*.
Try this exercise - Fill in the blank: If I had 1 extra hour, I would do X. Pick one thing that you really want to do this week and put it in your calendar. Make it a priority for your life. Share the calendar event with anyone who needs to know to make sure it happens. 1 hour or 15 minutes at least - no excuses.
Let me know what your one thing is you want and when it’s scheduled for. I’ll hold you accountable so you get to do something YOU want this week.
Remember, X marks the spot to your treasure.
The Life Engineer
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