Want More Time?
Want More Time?
What if – Time was your friend?
Research shows: The stress of being on the go, in battle with time, has a negative effect on our nervous system. The fight or flight response is activated and in high alert almost continually. It can cause sustained elevated levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can lead to a multitude of physical symptoms like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, and depression, to name a few.
Time is one of those things that can seem to stand still, if you’ve ever been in a boring class or long meeting you know this feeling. Sometimes it can be gone in a blink of an eye, especially when you have a fast approaching deadline, too much on your plate, or growing children.
What if you shifted your perception of time? Instead of battling time or trying to beat the clock or squeezing just one more thing in, time instead became a container to hold all the things you choose to do.
I deliberately used the word ‘choose’ because it is empowering. When you stop and look at anything you’re doing, it is a choice. Even if it’s not one you like, you are choosing it over the consequence of not doing it.
Your coffee cup is the container to hold your coffee, time can be the container to hold your life. You get to choose what to put into it.
Integration: Make a list of all that you do each day and write down how much time it takes. Next, get a container that holds 24 ounces of liquid. Now take your list and, for each 60 minutes listed, pour 1 ounce of fluid into the container. This is a visual reminder of what you can fit into a day. Use this image when you are scheduling something or thinking of adding to your day – does it fit into your container?