Time Poverty

How many times last week did you say “I don’t have time”? What did you miss out on because this was your automatic response?

If you are like I was, you may be saying this multiple times a day. You know that you are super busy and you just don’t have time for anything else in your life.

The truth is, your mind is doing it’s all or nothing trick again. Either we are bored or we are super busy…it seems there is no in between.

When we think that we don’t have enough time it leads to a mindset of time poverty. This sometimes happens when we value money more than time.

Here are some tips to get control of your time so that you can shift your mindset from time poverty to time rich.

  1. Do a time audit. Pick a day of the week and write down everything you did that day to the best of your ability. For each item, rate it on a scale of 1-10 for how meaningful it was and 1-10 for how enjoyable it was.
  2. Brainstorm ways to replace items under a score of 6 with something more meaningful and/or enjoyable. Delegate, pay for someone else to do it, just stop, etc.
  3. Start scheduling leisure time, self care time, thinking time and focus time. Make no compromises with this time.
  4. Stop believing that you aren’t in control of your time. This is the biggest lie we tell ourselves. Say no for goodness sake.

You can be rich in both time and money. Taking control of your time will lead you to be more efficient and accomplish even more.

If you are struggling with stress and time poverty, the answer is not to find another job. It’s to change your mindset. If you want to learn more about how to do that, email me at mposwarm@gmail.com to set up a complimentary strategy session to see if my coaching program is right for you.

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