You might not realize this, but you have all the time in the world, and so do I. The one thing you can control is your schedule.
You might want to look at your schedule periodically, so you can adjust it.
Take a close look at your calendar to see what it is you value the most. You might be surprised to see where you are spending your time.
You might say you value your family, but then spend every free moment working even when its family time You might say you value your health, but have no time or use the excuse of being busy to not really take care of your health. You might value being with friends or having some fun, but never do those things.
You might not know that you are not actually living your values until you do this exercise. You my friend are the only one who has this control.
There is one powerful sentence that you can get familiar with to take control over your schedule and your life.
That sentence is…NO.
NO (period) is a complete sentence.
Want to start your own company? Say NO to TV in the evening. Want to hang out with friends? Say NO to clients who want the time you would spend with friends on the weekend. Want to have a quiet hour to yourself? Say NO to volunteering at your kid’s school that one time. Want to get in shape? Say NO to Facebook time. You get the idea.
But first things first:
FIRST. What are your values?
Spend a few minutes thinking about your values. What are the 3-5 things that are important to you? And write them down? Here is a list of values (see below) if you are having a hard time thinking of what I am talking about.
NEXT Practice saying no.
For example: Mom can you do my laundry? NO. Here is how you can do it yourself. 20 minutes of time back in your schedule.
NOW Schedule things that are in line with your values.
Go for a walk with a friend- exercise and socializing. Or whatever it is you want to do but feel too busy to do.
Don’t use busy as an excuse not to live the life you want to live.
Happy exploring! What are your values? Remember to reassess them every so often, because they can change.
Today my values include Community, Connection, Live within my means, Simplicity, Education, Self-Care and Honoring Myself.
Maybe you have more than this maybe you have less. Share them here if you want.