By Rachael Taylor
It’s really fascinating to me how easy it is to quickly fall into the trap of "there's not enough time". Of feeling like I was running around or never had enough hours in the day to do ALL the things that I wanted in that allotted time space.
Anyone else feel the same way? Like there's not enough time in the world to get it all done?
This is actually a trick that our mind plays on us.
Because the more you feel that you "don't have enough time" the tighter, stressed and tired you get. Not to mention how HARD it becomes to get literally anything accomplished because of those side effects.
There's a coaching technique I learned awhile back (and that I teach to my clients too) to instantly get back in control of your stress and be a better manager of time.
It's a simple language exercise, you just switch out two words in your vocabulary.
Changing out "I have to" and "I need to" to "I want to" will instantly give you back control of your stress and how you spend your time. It makes your choices empowered when you change that language. And empowered choices are choices that are aligned with what you want to be experiencing.
Use this simple coaching exercise to start to make the switch today.
Grab some paper and a pen or pencil. Then in the middle of the page write down the 10 most important things you are going to do that day (or for the rest of the day).
For instance, it's about 2 pm for me and I am still going to:
- Post my blog
- Taking a 30 minute walk
- Send an email to my newsletter
- Clean my bathroom
- Answer all my emails
- Paint my toenails
- Take a shower
- Curl my hair
- Stretch my whole body
- Tidy up my office
Once your done, grab a different color pencil or pen and in front of each one write "I want to..."
So it would look like:
- I want to post my blog
- I want to take a 30 minute walk
- I want to send an email to my newsletter
- I want to clean my bathroom
- I want to answer all my emails
- I want to paint my toenails
- I want to take a shower
- I want to curl my hair
- I want to stretch my whole body
- I want to tidy up my office
Now, say each of these things out loud with "I want to" in front of them. You'll notice how it's a lot more powerful to say "I want" instead of "I need" or "I have to". Because life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it. And you can change how you experience life by making that simple language switch. The more you practice this, the easier it will get! And you'll find that your stress about your daily to-do list can be managed with this simple trick.
If you want to learn more about to get better at managing stress and making more time for yourself then book a free 45-minute session to discover how we can make that your reality. Book it here.