I DON’T HAVE TIME! How Changing My Mindset Helped Me Manage My Schedule Better
Stop saying: “I don’t have time.” Rather say: “I have to manage my schedule better.” – Linda Arrey
As a working mother, time management is something we struggle with on a daily basis. Whether it’s rushing to work late because you have a sick baby or had to stop for a quick diaper change, or factoring time to do the laundry, get the house in order, meals, family time and of course ‘me time’, we are constantly trying to manage our schedules and maximize the 24 hours we all have each given day.
As a wife, mother of two of God’s greatest creations (my daughters), working mom and business owner, those are order of events I know too well. I’m sure you do also.
It’s been a long time since I stepped foot into a Physics class. But I still remember the first law of thermodynamics which states that “energy (matter) can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it can only be transformed from one form to another.
That statement is not only true when finding “ X “ in a physics class, but also very applicable to the principle of Life. Let’s talk about time. We have 24 hours in a day and no matter our circumstances, we cannot change that fact. We cannot create more time in the day beyond 24 hours. We can however transform or reallocate the way we spend our time.
The human mind is also a very powerful tool. What we think and believe drives our actions. Does it make any sense then to say “I don’t have time to…” or “I don’t have time for…”? My follow-up question to you will be — “When will you have time?” You will still have 24 hours in a day when you wake up in the morning.
Each time I feel the need to say I don’t have time to carry on an important task, milestone, event, career move, family time, personal time, etc; I consider instead, shifting my mind to think of ways that I can better spend my time and manage things on my schedule. It is that simple, and it works every time. Don’t believe me…Try it. Each time you think of saying you don’t have time to accomplish something of value, instead, pause, then take a deep breath and shift your thinking process. Ask yourself: “How can I move some things around on my calendar? How can I accomplish somethings on my calendar in less time than allocated? What are the implications if I don’t attend that event? Some other questions to ask include: What’s a must pay bill? What can wait? What’s important? What’s a ‘just do it’ task? What do I need, versus what do I want?…etc
Shifting your thinking process and asking the right questions is key to managing your schedule better. Stop procrastinating. The best time to take that trip, start that business or make that career shift is Now!
If you can breathe, you have time.