As women, we hear a lot about “doing it all.” The pursuit of doing it all is worthless — because it’s impossible.
However, that doesn’t keep many of us from “lack consciousness” — operating from a mindset of not having enough — when it comes to our time. For example, do you ever find yourself saying any of the following?
There’s never enough time.
I wish there were more hours in the day.
I can never get it all done.
I can’t do it all.
I don’t have enough time.
Thinking, talking and feeling like you don’t have enough time saps your energy to take advantage of the time you do have. Even if you’ve focused on changing your mindset and your words around money, lack consciousness may be showing up in the way you relate to time.
Here’s an exercise I like. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I list the people I admire (Marie Forleo, Richard Branson, Danielle LaPorte, Oprah Winfrey and Tony Robbins). What do they have in common? They all have the same 525,600 minutes in a year.
Nobody can make more time. But, everybody can make better use of the time they have. You have the ability to make more time energetically through your consciousness.
Psychologist Gay Hendricks explains the difference between “Newtonian Time” and “Einstein Time.” Newtonian Time is what you have been classically taught. Time is linear, just ticking by. There are only so many hours in a day, and once time is spent, it’s spent. Einstein Time, on the other hand, is based on the theory of relativity (E=mc2). It’s the idea that time can expand or contract depending on your consciousness in any given moment.
For example, have you noticed how when you’re truly in the flow of doing something and you’re operating at your peak, it feels as if time stands still? Three hours might pass without you noticing. It’s because you are so present. Cultivating states of presence through being more conscious actually expands time. Thus, you find you can actually get a remarkable amount accomplished in far less time than you would have thought — the net result being a feeling of more time.
Here’s an example: Say you hate completing paperwork, so you’re talking and thinking about how you really don't have the time to do it. The task will take you much longer because you’re expending energy not only to do the work, but also to resist it. Conversely, if you love to create training content and you are totally in your zone, you’ll be able to knock it out more quickly than anticipated because you’re gathering all of your faculties and focus to do it. You’re efficient and energized.
In summary, here are the four ways to create more time in your life.
First, stop talking about how busy you are and how you don’t have enough time, as that negative self-talk is draining.
Second, give yourself more time than you think you need to get places and complete tasks, to avoid spending time and energy on stress related to feeling pulled in too many directions.
Third, focus on only doing one thing at a time. Multitasking saps your energy.
Fourth, check in with yourself throughout the day and see if you can bring more presence to the moment. Breathe deeply and focus on doing things that meet at the intersection where you’re amazing at them and you love doing them.
The next time you find yourself going down the slippery slope of dwelling on how busy you are and how there’s never enough time, try one of these time expansion mantras:
I am the source of time.
I have plenty of time to do what I need and want to do.
Time expands for me.
And remember: You will never get it all done. And that’s more than OK!
Kate Northrup is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.