Did You Know You Can Create Time for Yourself?

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Use boundaries to create time…

Create time? Really?

We all know that time is precious. And further, we can probably all agree that finding time is just about the best thing going.

Think about how you feel when a meeting at work gets canceled. Suddenly you have an unexpected hour.

Maybe you can finish that report you’ve been working on. Or maybe you’ll return some calls you’ve been meaning to take care of.

  • Wouldn’t you love to find an hour or so?
  • How would it affect your stress level, right now?
  • What would you do with that hour? 

I can almost hear the ideas happily bubbling up.

So, think about this, then: What if you didn’t have to rely on happenstance to find that time?  What if you could create it for yourself?

Whose time is it anyway?

As you move through your day, how does your time feel to you?

  • Do you feel like it’s yours? 
  • Or do you feel like it belongs to others,
  • Or like it’s driven by powerful forces outside of you?

When your time isn’t yours, it doesn’t feel good, does it? In fact, it probably feels like time is a wild river. You’re being carried swiftly and haphazardly downstream. And you’re barely managing to keep your head above water.

I’ve had times that felt like that.  The day goes by in a blur, and you arrive at bedtime wondering what happened.  It feels like life and time are in charge of YOU, rather than vice versa.

Create time right now.

So, there is nothing to keep you from changing that for yourself.  It requires three things from you:

  • Choice,
  • Discipline, and
  • Persistence.

You can turn the tables on stress and overwhelm and start creating time right now. It’s a powerful and self-affirming act. And it’s one of the most precious gifts you can ever give yourself.

So, how do you do this?

By learning to define, establish, and maintain time boundaries. 

Practice helps immensely. I suggest that you start with something small. And preferably, make it something pleasurable, too.

It might be something like taking a walk at the start of your day. Or maybe it’s settling into a hot bath before you head to bed.  It really doesn’t matter what you use the time for. It’s the act of creating that boundary that is so important and life-changing.

You’re creating time.

Follow-through is key.

Make a promise to yourself to follow through with setting the boundary.  It helps to tell others if your boundary is going to have an impact on them.  And it’s a good idea to frame your boundary as an appointment, whether it’s simply with yourself or involves others. Making it an appointment pins it down and it also underscore its importance.

Next, when you follow through on your appointment, savor the time that you have created, and validate your choice.  

Give yourself a pat on the back.

As you practice this more and more, you’ll discover that all of your time starts feeling different to you.  You’ll feel more on top of things.  Possibilities will open up.  As you approach each day you’ll be less stressed and overwhelmed. No longer reactive to circumstance, you feel more in charge of your precious time and your precious life. 

So, why not make an appointment with yourself for later today? Leave your desk and go for a 15-minute walk.  Come back and tell me what it was like. I’d love to hear.

And here’s more for you…

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.  That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.  If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

Let’s explore time together …

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