BY BOB SHENEFELT
One thing that everybody has is the same amount of time. It doesn't matter how successful, how much money, how peaceful, how busy we are - we all have the same amount of time. Often, time can be a big sense of anxiety in life. "I don't have time." "When I get time..." "I wish I had more time." “Just give it time.”
One thing that I've found to perceptually create a little more time and a little less anxiety is to check in and realize what matters most - clarify who I am and look at and follow my North star. Then, I write it down, share it, and live it. Doing this literally gives me a sense of having a little bit more time. It's not about checking off 30 of the 50 to-do's of the day and being stressed about the 20 I didn't get done. I'm picking my top three action items that fit around what matters most. I prioritize and knock those out. The rest of the day is almost like a free day. I've knocked out the big things and feel good about the other things. If I get these three important things done, I've had a great day. Why wouldn't you want to knock those three things out and have a great day? (And by the way, you probably DO get 30 of those 50 other to-do's done and won't be stressed about the ones didn't get checked off.)
I know I can't create actual time but I know I can take the pressure off it. Utilize, maximize, and leverage your time. You'll be glad you took the time to make time.