HOW TO CREATE MORE TIME
How many things do you put off or miss out on because “you don’t have the time”? How many times do you get anxious and stressed out because your trying to squeeze so much into what you feel like is such a little amount of time?
There is so much pressure on us these days to accomplish so much, at school and uni, at work, at home and with the kids. Study hard, do your homework, get good grades. Drive, bus, train, walk to work, do your job, do it well, interact with multiple personality types, customers, clients, all without losing your cool, drive, bus, train, walk home. Do the food shopping, clean the house, prepare the meals, pay the bills and do the laundry before you get down to your last pair of clean nickers. Drop the kids off, pick the kids up, feed them, entertain them, spend time with them, clean up after them and make sure they’ve done their homework. Catch up with family, make time for friends, have a hobby, exercise and if you can, some self care and sleep.
Sounds like a lot right? It would seem as if overwhelm, stress and anxiety are inevitable. What if I told you that by just using one simple phrase you could actually create time? That you could create not only the physical space but the mental space for anything you wanted to achieve.
How To Create More Time
"I have the time". This one simple phrase can completely change your perspective and give you a complete mind shift. Sounds too simple to be true right?
“I don’t have time” is ingrained in us. It’s a story we’ve heard from birth. How many times did you hear your parents say “I don’t have the time”? It becomes a part of our story and identity at a young age but really starts to affect us when reach adulthood and our responsibilities increase. It's something everyone around us says, it's wired in without us even knowing. When we tell ourselves or others that we don't have time, we are in fact ensuring that we won't have time.
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought" - Buddha
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right" - Henry Ford
It takes a conscious effort to change this way of thinking and speaking. When you find yourself thinking “I don’t have time” and getting anxious over how much you have to do, putting off the gym, catching up with family members or sitting down on the floor to play Pride Rock with cardboard boxes with your eight year old (true story), repeat to yourself, “I have the time”.
Use this affirmation as soon as you wake up in the morning, before you even think of starting your day, "I have the time". Use it on your daily commute, "I have the time". Repeat it throughout the day especially in those times of overwhelm and stress. Repeat it out loud with me right now, "I have the time".
Why It Works
When you use the phrase “I have the time” you are affirming, reminding, reassuring yourself that you have the time, you create a sense of ease for yourself and quite often can feel an instant sense of calm and relief wash over you. You are planting the seed of assurance in your subconscious mind.
“I have the time”, all of sudden your mind will do what it can to find you that time. Ok so if I don’t watch TV tonight, I would have the time to sit down and finish that book, or stop by to see Mum.
If I put dinner in the slow cooker in the morning, or meal prep some frozen means on the weekend for Mon, Tues, Weds I would have the time to go to the gym on the way home from work, or go for a walk or do a YouTube workout.
If I had a shower at night time, then set my alarm for 10 minutes earlier in the morning I could actually do 20 minutes of meditation to start my day.
Not only will you actually start to create time where before you thought you had none, but you will find yourself slowing down, not rushing, being able to be present in the moment. You will stop being in both the present task and the next one (and the next, and next and next).
When we allow ourselves to sink into that mentality of having time endless possibilities open up to us.
But Amanda, It's Not Working For Me
If you practice this technique and you find it’s not working for something you wanted to do, your still not finding the time, it’s time to check in with yourself. Like anything in this world, it will only work if you do.
Do you actually want to do that thing? Is it perhaps actually something someone else wants you to do? Do you perhaps have the wrong motive behind the task? Is there a way you could change the action to get the same result, a way to re-motivate yourself?
For example let's say moving your body and getting fit was your goal, and you had chosen the gym to achieve that. You’d planned to go three times a week, but you’re just not getting there, is the gym really the right type of movement for you? Is there something else you would enjoy more, something that excites you? Tennis match with a friend, dance class, yoga, swimming, there are many other forms of movement. If you chose a different way to reach your goal would that put a little bit of fire behind you?
If that still doesn't work maybe it's time to step back and re-evaluate why it is actually important to you. Perhaps it isn't as important to you as it once was or as you thought? If it was, you would create the time.
Consistency Is Key
Affirming to yourself that you have time needs to be a daily practice. You can't practice it for one day and expect results for weeks to follow. Affirm it to yourself multiple times a day, every day. Put it on your phone screen saver, write in on your mirror, print it out and put it on the back of your toilet door (because other parents out there will know how hard it is to get two minutes uninterrupted on the toilet, let me tell you Mums and Dads, you have and you deserve to have the time to do number two's in peace!), paste it everywhere, "I have the time".
If you try this practice I'd love to know how you go, tag me in any social media posts so I can cheer you on, @amandaadrift, or send me a message.