Time Management and Mindfulness
Time is one thing we cannot take, make, save, have, turn back, or slow down. Although we are all chasing the pursuit of happiness, it's important to pause time for the mind to acknowledge whether we are excelling forward or propelling backwards. Are you using time effectively or do you have so much to accomplish in your day that it’s leaving you exhausted and feeling burnt out?
We want our tribe to flourish mentally and emotionally. In order to achieve this balance, we must effectively use each 24 hours of the day to work towards our goals, while nurturing our soul in ways that leave us feeling refreshed and restored. Below are some tips to help you on your mindfulness journey while maintaining the daily grind/hustle:
A habit is a pattern of behavior that is an automatic response or action. Time passes and continued habits become a part of our natural actions and routine. Are your daily routines working for you or against you? This is a question you must reflect on to identify if you need to implement better habits. Maybe you work best at night versus during traditional 9-5 work hours; or maybe your days run smoother when you can go with the flow versus time crunching. Either way, it’s all about you and what works best.
Time Management is equally about what you're not going to do as what you are going to do. It’s important to develop a routine, to help create stability in your life. Utilizing a planner is a great way to get you started. It will aid in setting your day and organizing your tasks. Although you may not accomplish all the activities you have set for the day, documenting your plan will help organize your thoughts and keep you focused on what needs to be done to help you accomplish your ultimate goal.
In addition to managing your time to achieve your professional goals, it’s vital to develop a mindfulness practice to manage your energy.
If you are not feeling positive about yourself it can become very difficult to work towards your goals and feel confident in the work being completed. Self doubts, second guessing, and other negative thoughts may delay how we approach our work and impact our overall wellness.
By taking the time to create a routine that helps you feel good about yourself, you are being intentional in how you start or end your day.
Once you have developed a plan to manage your time effectively, perform the routine for one week and evaluate your experience. How do you feel? Did the routine positively add to your day or was it a hindrance?
Sit and reflect, feel and understand the benefits, and make any necessary adjustments for the following week. Try out your new plan and continue to revise until you feel pleased with your improved routine.
Time managed is the result. Energy management is the focus.
Affirmations you may add to your daily routine:
- I am improving my future by waking up on time
- My internal clock is aligned with my body I have more control over my present and future
- When I wake up on time I experience clarity when I am able to focus with ease through my day
- I have confidence in my ability to adjust my daily routine
- I am now free of my old inhibitions that limit my ability to succeed
- My improved way of living flows naturally for me
- I enjoy getting a fresh start to my day
- Today, I choose to use my time to create constructive and positive habits
- I am more productive when I take time to meditate and align with myself
- Success easily flows into my daily experience
- When I release the need to control, what I need to accomplish naturally flows and inspires my work
- I have energy to move freely and happily when I wake on time
- I am becoming free with each intentional step I take Setting aside time each day for self-reflection is a positive habit in my life
Something to think about...
Since time is a created construct that we cannot control, we must place our focus on what we can control... our thoughts, our actions, our energy.
“The truth is that time is the greatest equalizer in life. No matter who you are, you have the same amount of time as the next person. It’s not about how much time you have. It’s about how effectively you manage your time.”
Use these questions to aid in your quest to develop positive effective routines. Consider all areas of your life; personal, social and business.
The purpose is to identify and label moments in which your habits or routines are a hindrance so you may improve. This is not about passing judgment or harboring on the negative — it’s about looking through fresh eyes to help you identify where you can make improvements to manage your time and energy effectively.
What habits do I live by that are limiting my productivity?
How much of my energy goes towards focusing on things I cannot control?
If my day were cut in half, what would I want to accomplish? What would I want to eliminate?
How can I adjust my daily routines, big or small, to have a significant positive effect on my productivity and energy?
In an effort to keep it simple, and keep your day flowing in a positive direction, you may try this 2 minute breathing exercise:
- Close your eyes and allow yourself to be still for a moment. Begin breathing deeply by taking a deep inhale in through the nose, holding it for 5 seconds, and letting out a deep exhale through the mouth.
- Perform this until you naturally begin to follow the rise and fall of your chest. With each inhale, begin to think on all the ways you can make the day great. What tasks, both spiritually and materially, would you like to see unfold to make your day great? With each exhale, imagine pushing all stress or worry away from your thoughts and physical body.
- After you have reached the place of relaxation and the stressors of the day have been released, spend time continuing to breathe allowing yourself to enjoy this moment of mindfulness while your body is filled with good energy to liven your day.
Whenever you’re ready, bring the exercise to a close and open your eyes
Do not focus on how hard or loud you are breathing. Do not try to ignore any noise or distractions around you or try to clear your mind. Imagine yourself as a pod in the middle of a stream. All the noise and commotion that may or may not be around you just passes by without having any effect on you.
Other 2 minute mindfulness practices you may try throughout your day:
Choose a mantra or affirmation and repeat it for 60 seconds sporadically throughout the day. There is power in your thoughts and words. You may choose to say it within or speak it aloud. The power is in you affirming with confidence. Believe in the words you speak.
Yawn and stretch for 30 seconds. A fake yawn will lead to a real yawn which actually stops your thoughts and brings your focus to self. After you let out the good “ahhhh”, stretch it out! Feel the unnoticed tension release and ease your body into feeling a bit of peace.
Be Mindful of Your Intentions and Your Energy, Daily!
For Your Inner G
This post contains affiliate links. If you use these links to buy something we may earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for the contribution.