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How to Make the Most of Your Time

Cindy Tsai, MD teaches us that when you are always focused on not having enough, you will never have enough. 

June 17, 2022

Are you always rushing from one thing to the next?

 

Writing things down on your to-do list just so you can cross things off and feel a sense of accomplishment?

 

You like to be prepared and organized so you don’t run into any last minute “surprises”.

 

But no matter what you do and how much you plan, it just seems like there’s never enough time.

 

I’ve been there.

 

I love making lists and getting things done. I love having structure and focus.

 

But I was also guilty of overworking, staying up way too late even though I was exhausted, and ignoring my true needs and desires.

 

 

Here’s the deal.

 

If you are always focused on not having enough, you will never have enough. 

 

This applies to everything- money, love, energy, relationships, health, opportunities, and yes, this applies to TIME as well.

 

If you are always focused on not having enough, you will never have enough. This applies to everything- money, love, energy, relationships, health, opportunities, and yes, this applies to TIME as well. Click To Tweet

 

People talk about the growth mindset which is important but I think adopting an abundance mindset is even more crucial.

 

When you are in a state of abundance, there is no fear or doubt.

 

I was also guilty of overworking, staying up way too late even though I was exhausted, and ignoring my true needs and desires. 

 

You KNOW there is more than enough. You KNOW things will work out for your highest and best. No matter what.

 

Train yourself to look for abundance and that’s what you will receive.

 

 

So you want to know how to make the most of your time?

 

Check out my favorite tips below:

 

  1. Plan ACTIVELY (a.k.a. with results in mind).
    Some people resist planning because they think it takes a lot of time and effort. In reality, the more you plan, the more time and space you free up. And don’t just plan passively (e.g. “work meeting” or “stretch”).Plan with a purpose.Plan with the results you desire so that you are focused and deliberate in your actions (e.g. “15-min meeting to discuss X with this person so that Z happens” or “do 5 reps of neck stretches at every bathroom break”).
  1. Listen, reflect, and tweak.
    Look, we can have the best of intentions but sometimes things just get in the way. Stay present and mindful so you can listen and tweak accordingly. Some days you want to do everything. And some days you want to do nothing.Did you overestimate or underestimate the amount of time you needed for that task? No problem. It’s all information and data. Don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t dwell on the “failure”. Learn the lesson and move on. Life is a journey and it’s all a process.
  1. Practice gratitude.
    Be grateful for the time you DO have. Every day and every minute you can. The only moment you have is right now.Your brain will want to go to the worst case scenario. Don’t let it. Stay in gratitude. Focus on what IS working.

 

Which one is your favorite?

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