The Force Of Time

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Time. This force called time seems to be treated one of two ways: either it is highly respected and valued, or it is extremely taken advantage of. I think for me, I personally have to look at time as something that either I value or I don’t. We have 24 hours, or 1,440 minutes in a single day. So in an entire week, you have 168 hours— 10,080 minutes. That is a lot of time!

People like me who fit many things into their week understand this race against time, and a power-up in this race we can use is leverage. For example, a one hour meeting held by four people equals to four hours of productivity. Something I’ve learned is that yes, we may have 24 hours in a day, but really, we don’t. We have as much time as we want to create. We are in charge of how much productivity we manage to create. We have the ability to create beyond the limits of what we believe to be limiting us.

This is how we create more time: make a plan, and find slots and tasks that give you the ability to multitask.

You all know how much planning is a huge part of my life. If I don’t plan, I get zero anything done. I have to plan when I hang out with my friends. Some of them say it feels like they’re setting doctor’s appointments (you know who you are and p.s. you’re a jerk 😉), but that’s how it has to be in order for me to do anything productively. Texting for me is a total waste of time. Laying aside the fact I hate typing on my phone screen, I can’t text and do something else productive at the same time, which is why I tell my friends I prefer that they call me instead of text me.

I’m not saying I don’t text, I definitely still text way more than I call most people, but I recognize it’s not a practical or productive way to get things done because I am so busy. Sometimes I will go a couple days (or in some cases weeks) without getting back to people just because I’m so focused and I just forget to respond.

I plan. I plan everything from phone calls to taking showers to driving time. I hate being late. It’s my biggest pet peeve when I am late or when other people are late.

As far as finding tasks that give you the ability to multitask, here’s an example: I can work both my businesses at the same time. I can be at a client’s house cleaning and doing my housekeeping jobs while accomplishing the things on my daily checklist for Market America, such as listening to the audio tapes, learning how to develop my centers, and become more motivated. I am currently making someone’s house beautiful and alleviating their stress while developing myself as a leader and businesswoman.

I don’t know about you, but that’s some really awesome multitasking right there.

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”

I’m going to admit: since starting this series and brand new life in September, I’ve had my struggles with fighting with time. It’s been bizarre. Trying to be the pilot of my time, having the realizations that there is zero balance in my life currently, and that I need to fit everything into my 24 hour days and utilize all 1,440 minutes of my day, I’ve had quite a few meltdowns. In fact, honestly speaking, I’ve had at least one meltdown for every week. Probably more. Learning that I actually am not invincible and can’t live on 16 hours sleep in a whole week was rather disappointing when I had the consequence of having a fever, sore throat, and couldn’t breathe through my nose, not to mention the gift Mother Nature brought— a nine day period along with pain and throwing up.

Yeah. Last month was very long.

I’m learning the importance of making time to rest. I’m learning that yes, even though I love everything I’m doing in my life at the moment and I’m in a love/hate relationship with this season called HUMILITY, I need to take the time to do the things that relax me. Things I don’t do for other people, things I keep to myself, things I do to unwind and release stress. I think learning that it’s okay to do things for yourself for the fun of it is healthy and good, and that it’s okay to not have to do everything to impress someone or for social media or because you’re trying to keep up. No, sometimes it’s okay to just relax. So I’ve had to shift my mindset from “rest is just another thing on this massive plate I need to fit in somewhere” to “I need to make this a priority in my four quadrants to make it number one.”

Rest is important, it doesn’t matter who you are. Some people can live off of less sleep than others. If I don’t get sleep, let me paint you a picture: it’s messy. Nothing gets done. People get yelled at. The phone gets shut off. I forget to eat. My brain is literally dead. I am literally a very angry zombie if I don’t get sleep or if I don’t rest and rejuvenate. I am extremely introverted, which makes being a businesswoman challenging when you’re constantly talking to people; in being a ballet dancer where you’re around people all the time. After I told my American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Ballet Master that I’d been having a horrible time sleeping, he recommended to me to make fifteen minutes of meditation a daily thing no matter what. “It keeps you grounded, gives you a sense of rest, and helps calm your mind, especially someone like you who’s always thinking at 200 miles per hour.”

I’ll let you guys know how that works out.

Time is non-refundable. Time is something you can’t get back. It’s not like money, where you can buy something and can return it and be refunded (unless they have really horrible return policies, always check return policies. You’ll thank me later). Time is something that once you use it, it’s used. It’s over. You can’t rewind, and if you have a tendency to do so, you need to stop wishing you could fast-forward. Don’t waste your life away.

2018 felt like it started a week ago for me. When I think about the fact we are in October/almost November and 2018 is coming to a close, I freak out a little bit. This year has been a long process of learning and figuring out who I am and process and so many amazing things have taken place that often feels so far away. But I think most of the year I felt like there were parts where I wish I could just skip to the next day. I wished I could fast-forward. And before I knew it, here we are in October.

The concept of time doesn’t just exist in the business world. No, in fact, it’s crucial to life and all lifestyles. From a personal development standpoint on time, I think it’s important to give ourselves what I like to call a “mercy period.” You know the term “grace period?” Man I hate that term because it makes no sense.

Grace is the ability to do something. For example: if you’re late to a meeting with me and say, “oh give me grace!” I’ll probably look at you with a “you’re out of luck” look, because I cannot give you the ability to do something. That only comes from yourself and from God.

And I. Am. Not. God. Thank the Good Lord.

Mercy is the forgiveness extended by repentance. So as you can see, grace and mercy are two very different things. My mercy period is this: if I don’t meet my goals, forgive yourself and move on. September was my “mercy period.” It was learning the ropes, figuring out what worked and what didn’t, etc. Turns out, I needed a lot longer than a month to figure out how much I could handle before I totally fell apart.

I began to develop this mindset about a year ago. I am really awful (like, negative awful) at this concept, but like I said, it’s a process. If I was struggling emotionally, for example, if I was angry, I (try) choose to acknowledge the fact that I’m angry, but I don’t want to meditate on the fact that I’m angry because that makes room for the dragon called self hatred to arise. If I’m angry, I don’t want to spend more than ten minutes of my day in a negative space.

Please understand: this is a lot easier said than done. It’s one of those situations where the heart is in the right place and the mind has the right idea, but man is it hard to execute.

But my point with that example is that you could make a much better use of your time than being angry. Does that make sense? Hopefully you’re saying yes or at least nodding your head.

“It’s not about having time, it’s about making time.”

That quote is the reason why I never devalue my time by saying, “If I have time, I will.” No. If it’s important enough to me, I’ll say, “I’ll make the time to make it happen.” And if it’s not important, I’ll be honest and say, “I’m sorry, but I can’t make that a priority.” Which isn’t necessarily the most comfortable thing to say, but that’s saying no and setting boundaries. And that is the different between being ordinary and being a boss.

I hope this helps you in your life and if you feel like you’re racing against time, I hope you found a tool or two to use as a power-up to propel you to the next level. Love you guys, and I’ll see you next week!

Peace out!

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