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What to do when you need more time in your day

15 March, 2021

If you’re craving some time in your day perhaps to start on a passion project, set up your own coaching business, practice your yoga training or simply the time to read a book, cook a meal and relax, read on, this email is going to help you…

5 years ago I read a book called Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield, this book had such an impact on me I carried it around with me for a year, it’s the only book I’ve read more than once!

What I took from this book: I needed to ‘turn pro’ in every aspect of my life if I was going to have the life I was dreaming about.

From; making the bed everyday, the time I got up in the morning, how I turned up at the gym, writing these emails to professionally planning my non-work time and activities.

This is one of the turning pro approaches I use for making more time in my day to do the things I need to do (and it never requires me to skip a workout or order a take-away to ‘save time’).

Step 1:

We all know that feeling of ‘not having enough time’ and this feeling can be useful if we actually do something with it. When I feel like this, I stop and ask myself “What will you do with the time when you have it? “What’s the need for ‘more time’ in my day?”

Sometimes it’s work related, such as wanting to create a new project other times it’s to stop rushing about. Gaining perspective helps clarify the need.

Step 2:

Now I know how I’ll use the time when I have it, I then reflect on how much time I actually need to be able to fulfil the task or activity, specifically I outline the ideal time I would like and the minimum of time I would need.

If I want to stop rushing in the morning I’ll figure out how long I need to do the task without rushing, for example; prepping to take my daughter to nursery: 45 mins ideal, 30 mins manageable, 15 mins crazy rush!

Step 3:

I then sit down and figure out where I can get this time from, because ultimately I know if I want it enough I will be able to find the time for it.

I’ve been tracking my time spent each day for quite some time so I’m able to see where I can make some changes. If you’re not someone that does this or hasn’t done this before I recommend tracking how you spend every minute of every day for at least a week.

At the end of each day – highlight what could be replaced with doing the thing you need more time to do. Keep a tally of the minutes over the course of the week and add up the amount of time you could be spending on doing those things. (It’s so insightful!)

Now i’m not saying this is easy – changing lifestyle habits and routines is challenging, but just because something is hard doesn’t mean you can’t do it – you can do hard things. You’ll also do the hard work when it’s important enough to you!

If you need support please reach out, I’m always here to help!

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