You constantly juggle to find more time. When your work-life is going great, you’re neglecting your children. When you stop at the gym for exercise after work, you’re missing that dinner date with friends. It seems like to really focus on one thing, you have to drop the ball completely on the others. No matter how sincerely you want to live fully, you just can’t fit it all into 24 hours!
Whenever I hear people say “I wish a day had 48 hours!” — I cringe! As a society we are spending too much time talking about the fact we don’t have enough time. Meanwhile more and more people feel like a clown trying to juggle and balance everything in their lives — with NO success!
Is it really impossible to balance life, dreams and responsibility? Well… imagine for a minute a full circus, the excitement is in the air and the acts are in full speed. There’s a tightrope act while the clown does his juggling act. Most of the eyes are on the tightrope walker — with bated breath people are looking at him, will he stay on it??
A tightrope walker stays tense but also nimble, to make all the necessary readjustments in his poise and stride to keep his balance. You must do the same. Stay tense by focusing on your priorities and nimble by managing our time well, quickly adjusting so you don’t come tumbling down the rope.
Instead of the frantic jabbering juggling clown, find your flexible balance while continuing to move forward in life inch by inch. In order to do this you’re going to have to learn to welcome changes — and readjust. Be willing to let go of those things in life that hold you back or keep you off balance. Don’t try to change everything at once but make small adjustments and decide what’s most important to stick with for your long term goals. Get rid of the things and people in your life that don’t support or validate you. Say no to anything that doesn’t add something of value to your life. Protect your time and your life.
You have the power to create the life you want. If you try to change or incorporate activities because of someone else, you will eventually grow to resent or misuse the event or situation which in time only harms you. Be aware of these drains on your time and energy.
One great tool to identify time drains is journaling. Start journaling your time, that way you become aware of how you spend your day. You don’t have to use a lot of time or write a bunch of dialogue (or details about your day). Here’s how you can journal your time:
- Break your day up into 3 sections: morning, afternoon and evening.
- Right before you eat lunch think back on what you did that morning. Quickly jot down 2 or 3 things that really stood out during your morning.
- Before your dinner do it again. Just write 2 or 3 things that you worked on during the afternoon.
- Then do the same thing before you go to bed.
When you do this, you’re going to easily find the time drains and plug them!
Give it 7 days, do it consistently and discover just how much time you can free up! You will be shocked to find how much time you actually wasted on things that do not help you reach your goals.
It’s in your hands! Take action and take control, don’t let people and negative life circumstances run the show. I know you care about your life and the people in your life, so go be the very best that you can be. That’s how you’re going to leave your mark on this world. You deserve this and you can do this.
I believe in you!
~ Mary Ann