Everybody’s complaining about it: “I don’t have enough time!”; “There’s just not enough hours in a day!” and so forth. We’re all so accustomed to looking at the hours of a day and deciding we’ve got more to do than can be accomplished in that time frame. So, we start looking at ways to increase the time available to us. We get up earlier and work later. There’s nothing wrong with making some adjustments that allow you to be more productive for a longer period. It’s just the reason we don’t feel we have enough time rarely has anything to do with the hours in a day or hours we are working. Instead, it’s about how we use the time we have.
I don’t expect this to come as any surprise to you either. The difference I’m talking about is how you view your time. This is the key difference between highly successful people and those who are struggling.
How Do You Value Your Time?
Is it merely a matter of looking at how many hours you will be able to dedicate to your business and trying your best to get the most important things done? Or do you take a moment to think “What would my mentor say about this project” or the time involved in any activity you undertake. Would they just thrust ahead blindly trying to do what they can? Or, would they take a look at all the things on their “to do” list and make strategic decisions to do, not do or delete them?
I’m suspecting the latter and NOT the former.
Do you make these judgement calls or are you too busy to spend time thinking about what’s really important to you and your business? If you answer that you’re too busy, then you’re thinking like a student and not a master!
Changing Your Relationship With Time
When you are preparing for your day, take a few minutes to think of somebody you really respect as a successful person. This visualization will really help you. Think about the traits they have that you would like to have. Then, see yourself as the success you want to be and give yourself these traits. Take a few minutes (with your eyes closed if you can) and really see yourself as this successful person. Now, take a look at your day and how it’s laid out. I know it’s going to sound ridiculous guessing what the future you would be doing and not doing but just suspend your disbelief here. After all, all successful people in any field of endeavor have and continue to see themselves as a better version of who they are now. As they imagine themselves having the traits and habits of somebody they want to become, they begin to attract those qualities into their life. The Law of Attraction talks a lot about this but I feel got unfairly dismissed by many because of how it was interpreted. You don’t just think something and ten seconds later it appears. You set the conditions for things to be attracted into your life and if you can hold the intention consistently, they WILL begin to show up in your life.
Ok, now that you’re able to see yourself as the success you want to be, ask yourself a simple question. Would my future self be willing to talk on the phone for an hour to somebody whose only tie to me is our past? Who I can’t reach and they won’t change? Would future me waste three hours trying to fix my wordpress site when somebody I could pay could do it in a small fraction of the time? Or just simply would future me think like that? This is especially useful when you’re being petty about anything. This is NOT a trait the future version of yourself would have.
Listen to the answers that come your way and don’t edit or evaluate them. This is your infinite self speaking and you should listen!
What Gets My Time?
Now that you’ve got a good picture of the successful (or more successful) you, it’s time to put that visualization to work. Take a fresh look at your to do list and see if there’s anything on there that you won’t be doing any more. Be that future person for just today if that’s all you’re comfortable with. Chances are, you’ll find this becomes a habit that will serve you well in your life and business. Just keep going back to visualizing that future self and then ask away.
If you’re unsure of yourself here, I understand. If you want to take the list deletions and make another list of them just in case you don’t trust yourself at first, by all means do so! As you gain confidence you’ll see these things have been deleted for a good reason. In time, you’ll be able to see yourself as this success more easily and the effect will last longer.
This one exercise alone will help you free up time (that you didn’t believe you had enough of) in fairly short order. Some things that you regarded as absolute essential habits will come into question and that is nothing but good. If it’s worth your time, it will remain. If not, pat yourself on the back for doing what no other mortal has been able to do: create more time in a day!
How Did You Do With This?
I’d love to hear your breakthroughs and ah-ha moments! Leave me a comment below and tell me what you got rid of and how much time you added to your day. If you’ve enjoyed this post, please share it using the buttons below.