It’s About Time
I’ve had time to do some really fun things over the past few days. I took time to visit a local farm and see all the new spring babies, like pigs, goats, and sheep. I naturally dyed Easter Eggs with my daughter. I took a yoga class with my husband. I slow roasted tomatoes for bruschetta, but first stuffed them with garlic, and drizzled them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. I stretched my legs and had a little nap on the deck to enjoy the new spring weather. Last night I made a butternut squash risotto even though it took almost an hour to cook (with constant stirring). I even had time to exercise for an hour every day, and do my work.
While I still struggle with time some days, usually I do things that I love, accomplish a little less and end each day rested, satisfied and happy about how I spent my time. Compared to how I used to wake up groggy and collapse into bed each night, this is a big improvement.
In the past, time was my biggest excuse and obstacle for really enjoying life. Do you often find yourself saying things like…
If I had time I would _______________________.
I wish I had time to _______________________.
With more time I could have _________________.
Time is our greatest limited resource. There are only 24 hours in a day, and after sleeping, working, checking email and taking care of things, you are lucky if there is one left just for you.
Real Simple magazine recently commissioned a survey on women and time and here is what they found out.
- 52% of women have less than 90 minutes of free time a day.
- 29% have less than 45 minutes a day.
- Cleaning is the chore that women would most like to eliminate (no surprise there)
I thought that jobs must be the reason that people have no time, but in the survey more than 2/3 say their jobs don’t interfere with their personal life.
I don’t know how closely this survey relates to real world women and men, but I think it’s safe to say that most of you feel short on time. I don’t believe in work/life balance, or really balance at all unless you are on a yoga mat or doing hand stands. Finding more time is not about creating balance, it’s about focusing on the essential. It’s about doing less crappy things and more amazing things.
If you are overextended and dealing with a jam-packed schedule, you need more time. Tammy Strobel and I are going to show you how to make it. Our next course from Your Lovely Life is all about identifying how you spend and often waste time, and how to intentionally spend time doing things you love.
If you’ve ever wished for more hours in the day or felt frustrated that you couldn’t do it all, this course is for you. You’ll receive course contents that will include…
- Weekly modules with inspiring articles, instructive lessons, video presentations, and homework assignments
- Audio interviews with experts
- One live webinar presentation with Q&A session
We’ll focus on one topic each week:
Week 1: Track: Where does all your time go and why don’t you have enough of it to do things you love with people you love? This week’s simple shifts and micro actions will help you identify time sucks. We’ll also look at how to fill your week with things that deserve your time.
Week 2: Detox: From digital detox to crossing things off your calendar, you’ll learn what’s important and what’s not. Implement an intentional screening system and learn how to say “no thank you” with no guilt.
Week 3: Spend: There are 24 hours in each day and you have the glorious opportunity to spend them. They will go by whether you mindfully engage or not, so learn to make your minutes and hours count.
This guided self-study course begins on May 7th. This 3 week course is $49.00 and we are giving away 3 memberships.
If you’d like to win a membership, leave a comment below and fill in the blank. If I had more time _______________________. Then, sign up to receive updates from Your Lovely Life. We only email you when we have new courses or content on the site and you can unsubscribe anytime. On Thursday, we’ll be sending out an email announcing the winners.
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