Are you constantly feeling like there just isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything on your to-do list? You’re not alone. In this episode of Flow Over Fear I explore some strategies for creating an abundance of time in your life.
The Three E’s of Abundant Time
Time is precious, and all of us have the same 24 hours in a day. Yet, some people seem to fill more time in their hours than others. The truth is, they are just doing things differently and more efficiently. Time is a product of three elements: energy, efficiency, and emotion. By focusing on these three E’s, you can create an abundance of time in your life.
Energy is something that is something we are constantly expending, but the good news is that we can also create energy. And the more energy we create, the more time we have.
Think about the times when you’ve been able to accomplish a ton of tasks… when you’ve been in flow. Chances are, your energy levels were high. But how do you create more energy when you’re also depleting it? The answer: you have to invest time in creating energy.
Just like the adage “you have to spend money to make money”, this is also true of time. And the currency we use is energy.
A few ways you can create energy include:
- Meditation: Taking some time to quiet your mind and focus on your breath can help you feel more energized and centered.
- A Healthy Relationship With Nutrition: Healthy nutrition habits assure that you can have the proper mental and physical energy to thrive throughout the day.
- Exercise: Aerobic exercise and endurance training can consistently increase your energy and improve your overall physical health. Be careful because you can burn yourself out by doing too much too fast!
The second element of creating an abundance of time is efficiency. Efficiency is all about being more productive in the time you have. There are three ways to improve your efficiency throughout the day: Consolidation, elimination, and delegation. What activities do you perform throughout your day that you can consolidate? What are the activities that aren’t serving you that you can eliminate (note that rest is not one of them!)? And what activities can you delegate to others?
Here are some ideas on how you can identify those activities that you can consolidate, eliminate, or delegate.
- Track your activities throughout the day: Keep track of how you spend your time for a week or two. Look for areas where you can consolidate tasks or eliminate time-wasting activities.
- Delegate tasks: Identify tasks that can be delegated to others so that you can focus on more important activities. One example that worked for me was to delegate the task of grocery shopping. For a few extra dollars per week, I use the Instacart app to get my grocery shopping done and save a couple hours (and some energy!) in the process.
- Know what’s important, what makes you happy, and what creates more time: By becoming self aware you can know the activities that best serve you. It’s important to keep doing things you enjoy and fill your cup.
The third element of creating an abundance of time is emotion. By improving your emotional well-being, you can approach your day with a more positive and productive mindset, which in turn gives you more time. People with a positive attitude are more productive than those with a negative attitude.
Part of being improving your emotional well being is practicing optimism instead of cynicism. It’s easy to be cynical. If you’re right, you get to bask in the glory that your negativity was well placed. And if you’re wrong, you get to be pleasantly surprised!
It’s not easy to be an optimist, but it opens you up to more opportunities because your eyes are open to them, rather than being blinded by cynicism. The important part about optimism is that you’re grounded in reality. Don’t have your head so far in the clouds that you become delusional, but a healthy dose of optimism can pave the way to greater productivity, and thus more time.
Creating an abundance of time in your life requires intentional effort and focus on the three E’s: energy, efficiency, and emotion. By taking steps to increase your energy levels, create more efficiency, and improve your emotional well-being, you can make the most of the time you have and accomplish more than you ever thought possible. Remember, time is a precious commodity, so use it wisely and create a life that you love.