When it comes to living your best life, it’s all about how to make the most of your time. You’re busy. I don’t think I know of many women who aren’t! Many women I talk with are desperate to be free of overwhelm, negative mindset, and feeling like a hamster on a hamster wheel. It’s not uncommon for women to feel dissatisfied with their jobs, have unfulfilled dreams of this season of life, or want to create more space to do the things they love. They are too busy to take action.
Here’s the problem– popular culture has made “busy” a status symbol. It’s like an achievement medal to prove your worth by producing something. If someone asks you how you’re doing and you can rattle off a frantic list of activities, WHOA! You’ve got street cred, right?
You’ve probably heard the saying, “we all have the same 24-hours in a day.” Let’s take a moment to do the math. If you work a full-time job, that’s about eight hours of your day. Commuting could add up to two hours to your day. When you get home from work, you have time with the family, dinner, homework, bath time, etc. That’s about two more hours of your day. Sleep is essential, so let’s add in 7 hours for that. That’s a total of nineteen hours in a 24-hour day. Great!
What are you doing with the other 5 hours?
It’s amazing how much time is lost on scrolling, flipping channels, or zoning out because you’re exhausted. The truth is, you make time for whatever you decide is a priority. Read that again. You always have a choice about how you spend your time. The rub comes from comparison, limiting beliefs, lack of clarity, and poor boundaries.
If you want to create change in your life, it begins with clarifying what you want. When you are clear about what and why prioritizing becomes much more straightforward. I’ve created a free tool to help you narrow your focus and find clarity here.
Instead of saying, “I’m too busy,” imagine saying, “I’m not worth it,” and see how that feels. Can you face yourself in the mirror and, without flinching, tell yourself that you are not worth 30 minutes a day to journal, meditate, pray, or whatever you need to feel like your best self?
If nothing changes, nothing changes. The only thing between you and what you want is YOU. I say this with all the LOVE, because as I told you… I’m BUSY TOO! But the difference is that I am clear about my primary focus and align my schedule with it.
Here are a few tips for making more time in your busy day:
1. Grow on the go. Want to learn a new skill or expand your understanding of business? Podcasts and audiobooks are GOLD! Maximize your time on the commute, waiting in lines, or while you’re getting ready in the morning. Make personal development a non-negotiable part of your day, and you will find your mindset improves dramatically. One great resource is the Sacred Grounds Podcast here.
2. Turn off notifications. Don’t let yourself be distracted by the tyranny of the urgent. Turn off notifications on your phone and set to “do not disturb” when you need to have concentrated time. Protect your time! Download the free LightHer Way Clarity Guide for ideas for time blocking.
3. Get an accountability partner. There is power in sharing your goals with a partner and asking them to hold you accountable. Find someone with similar goals who will call you higher and not buy into excuses. If you’re looking for a more personalized touch, set up a LightHer Way VIP coaching discovery call with me to see if this is a perfect solution for you, or check out the LightHer Way Wellness Program page.
4. Focus on ONE thing. I love checklists. I often have them scattered all over the house. If you want to remain organized and effective, you need to focus on just ONE thing. What is one thing that will make everything else either easier or not necessary at all? Take some time to think about it. Without clarity of focus, your chances of success are slim. One of my favorite books on this topic is The ONE Thing by Gary Keller.
5. Stay consistent. Whether you have 5 hours or 5 minutes, success is always built upon incremental progress made consistently over time. It may feel like you are moving at a snail’s pace, but if you set your goals to do those small things every day, CONSISTENTLY, you will see a compound effect. The free LightHer Way Morning Checklist can help you create a consistent morning routine.
Above all else, remember that life is a journey, not a destination. We have seasons of growth and seasons when our priorities shift. Give yourself some grace and connect with like-minded people who will ask you the tough questions and help you get and stay on the right path. We are #bettertogether!
Which of these tips will you implement this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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