I have great news for you today, and I want you to take a second to read it, say it out loud, and let it sink in.
There is more than enough time today.
Time, our most valuable and most precious resource, is limited. We have a finite amount of minutes in each day, in each week, in each lifetime.
I have yet to meet one business owner that doesn’t start out by saying, “I just don’t have enough time to do everything that needs to be done….Is there a way you can build more time into each day? Now THAT would solve everything!”
Yes, it would solve the perceived lack of time. But only for a little while.
Look at the people that you admire and that have accomplished a ton of amazing things in their lifetime. They have (or had) the same amount of time in each day as you do. The clock goes around at the exact same speed throughout their day as it does in yours.
So, that means you can be Oprah successful. You can be Michael Phelps successful. You can be Steve Jobs successful. You can be as successful as anyone you admire.
Isn’t that exciting? You have as much time in your day as the super-stars that you admire!
The next question is…If they can do a bunch of amazing things…what’s your excuse?
“’Time management’ is really a misnomer – the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.“
– Stephen Covey
While you’re going to tell me that you don’t have the time to do what I’m about to suggest, I’m still going to recommend it and ask you to please consider it. Heck, what if you tried this for a week and realized that you actually felt happier, achieved more AND had more free time? It’s worth a shot, right?
My challenge to you is to pause.
Take 10 to 15 minutes every morning to mentally prepare for your day. Do this in a quiet place. I suggest doing it in your room or even sitting in your parked car immediately after you drop your children off at school. Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes, close your eyes, and let yourself connect to where you are at that moment and where you want to be that day.
Start by focusing on your breathing and if your mind wanders, know that it’s OK, and simply bring the focus back to the present moment and the deepness of your breath.
You see, amazing achievements are the result of doing small things, seemingly too-simple things, on a daily basis.
Mentally preparing for the day means centering yourself and thinking about what – and who – you want to be today.
What would make the day feel like a “success” to you?Do you want to be patient?
Do you want to be outgoing and happy during your networking events?
What do you want the day to entail and what are the most important things for you to do to accomplish those goals?
How can you step into the highest version of yourself and take the reigns as the CEO of your business and your life?
How can you show up as the mother you want to be? The spouse? The sibling?
By taking a few minutes at the start of your day to clearly identify your intention for the day, you actually create the clarity and space to accomplish more. It’s amazing, it’s powerful, and yes, it works.
Amazing achievements are the result of doing small things, seemingly too-simple things, on a daily basis.
So, instead of starting your day off in the typical, harried fashion, consider what’s possible for you if you start it off in a calm and clearly focused manner instead. Given this choice, most people would choose the latter option for their day. Wouldn’t you?
You don’t have to reserve this mental exercise just for the morning. If you find yourself embracing chaos mid-day or realize that you aren’t showing up as you want to, I have good news for you. It’s never too late to start the day over.
Stop right then and there, find a quiet place, press PAUSE and REBOOT, and choose how you want to show up for the rest of the day, then press PLAY once again.
It’s really that simple, AND it’s completely, 100% up to you.
Please share your morning (or mid-day) routine that helps you to start off your day in a meaningful way. How long was it until you noticed a difference in how you felt, how you showed up, and your productivity?