In almost every conversation I have had over the past few weeks, I have made a comment about how fast I feel like time is passing. Are you feeling the same way? My relationship with time is on my mind lately. Perhaps it’s because I feel that I’m getting older, or maybe it’s because I have the desire to get a lot done, and fear that I might not have enough time to do it all. Sometimes it feels like time is actually speeding up; even though, there are still 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, etc. You all know the math!
What I do know for sure is that we all have very unique, probably equally dysfunctional, relationships with time. We are all very busy people with full plates. Many of us feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all the stuff done that we have to get done, let alone get the stuff done that we want to get done.
Just like with any other aspect of our lives, I believe we can manage our relationship with time. Yes, it might take work, some uncomfortable moments, and shifting of our beliefs and perceptions. That’s what we do when we are on a spiritual path, our life path, right?
Let me mention one more thing about time: it’s a human creation. This may help you when you feel deeply stressed out by it. We created time, not nature. We created the concept that we have to adhere to a timeline. We created calendars. We created years with months, weeks, and days. If it weren’t for the structure of time we would be just living, freely in the moment…. Take that it for a moment. It’s interesting to think about that, right?
Since of course we live in a society of time, I have come up with some simple ways for you to manage how you relate to time in your day-to-day life:
1. Start to monitor how you think and speak about time. As we know, our thoughts are incredibly important what we think, we manifest! In my case, if I always talk about time going by so fast, of course I’m going to feel like time is going by fast. Now, I will start to remind myself that time is unfolding at just the right speed. Everything is coming together exactly as it should, and I am always at the right place at the right time. That feels much better!
2. Try to make your to-do lists a bit more manageable. Each week, take a look at the things that must be done and rank them in order of importance. Place priority on the obvious and worry less about the things that can be set-aside for a later date. When we try to squeeze every part of our to-do lists into a small period of time, of course it feels like there’s never enough time. Cut yourself some slack. You can get it all done, (or what’s most important anyway!) if you lighten your load and prioritize.
3. Be one-pointed in your actions. I know multitasking may feel efficient, but really, it might actually be what’s making time feel sped up for you. It might also be the reason why you are feeling more stressed and less productive. Be focused on one thing (or one person) at any given moment. Be all there. Be present. Give yourself to each and every moment. Not only will you feel better, but your productivity will increase, and your relationships will improve as well. Win, win!
4. Start to appreciate life in the present moment. Time seems to slip away when you are living in the past or dreaming of the future. Each moment truly can be precious when we learn to really value what it has as it comes. It can be hard to train our minds to get back to that place, but it absolutely helps us be in sync with time.
I hope this helps you to start managing your relationship with time in a healthy way. I have found that when time is on my side, I’m much happier and at peace! I always love hearing from you each week, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org