Doesn't it seem like weeks pass as months used to and days now pass like hours? I am constantly amazed by how fast my days fly by, and honestly I don't think it's because I am having too much fun. Nor do I think it's just a case of “you're getting older”. There are still 24 hours in a day, but it seems like I wake up, blink and it's time to go to bed, just to try again tommorow.
I started to think that maybe it was just my perception of things. If I were living on a farm in the country with just open sky and no wifi, away from Twitter and Facebook, rush hour traffic and cappucino machines, maybe I would feel like I had all the time in the world. After all, it's all happening right here, right now. They say the past is a memory, the future is a fantasy and this moment is a gift. That's why it's called the present. The only moment really is this one right NOW.
Yet, a lot of us are living in a city, not moving to a farm anytime soon. Here's four simple things you can do to free your perception of never having enough time.
1. Always Enough
The first step is recognizing that you always have enough of everything. The universe provides. The key is recognizing what you already have. Acknowledge it, and be grateful. It's ok to start small. In fact , I recommend it.
For example, you can be thankful that you know how to read, that you have shoes, that you have a true friend. Even if it's just one thing, recognize it and say “thank you.” The shift in perception can start small, yet be very far reaching.
2. Look At Your Habits
What are you spending your time on and is it satisfying? If you work for a paycheck, which most of us do, are there ways to get your job done faster so you can take extra time to do what you really love? Do you have a habit of doing Facebook polls instead of whatever else you may be dreading, therefore prolonging the whole process? Do you habitually check your email every 15 minutes, just to be sure you catch every last spam email as soon as it arrives? What are the habits you have that are wasting your precious time? Just recognizing and realizing this is the first step to change.
3. Change One Thing
Just pick one habit to change, starting today. Tweak one thing that you have recognized as a time waster, then spend that extra time, even if it is only 5 minutes, doing that one thing that you always wished you had time for. Ahh, but what is that?
4. Recognize What You Want
What do you really, REALLY want ? Figure this out and it will help motivate you to change. What is it that makes you happy when you do it? What moves you? What is your goal? Sometimes these are easy questions, but often it takes a little bit of thought and feeling. What did you dream of doing as a child? Who did you always want to be? Ask yourself those questions, and write down the answers when they come. When you begin to free up your day, go to these answers to decide what to spend your time on. By doing the things that make your heart sing, you free up all kinds of energy and opportunity to take your life further than you ever could imagine. Time stops being a warden and starts being an open door.
After all, it's all here now, but sometimes we have to get ourselves to a place where we can see that this is true!