Another month chalked off!!
How many times have you said I don’t have time for this or that, I know I probably say it several times a day some days and it got me thinking! Over the years I’ve often heard clients say I don’t have time to eat healthy food or exercise. Or they say I’ll have to make time for that. In reality, we can’t make or find more time, we all have the same 24 hours, 14440 minutes or 86,400 seconds! However, we can use the time we have to move us forward.
What you do with your time on a day-to-day basis is what becomes your life! And that’s not necessarily being productive for all your waking hours! However, using your time wisely will ultimately create your future.
How I choose to spend my time is very personal to me as it is for you! And I’m always very aware of the time I spend on social media, as much as I love it, most platforms are designed to keep you there for as long as possible which is great for the advertisers but not for me when I’ve got more important things to be doing! I use it to market my business but I’m sure I’m not alone in losing hours of my day scrolling mindlessly through posts. I know for me I often do this when I’m avoiding doing the things I know I should be doing but find them hard to do – classic procrastination technique! I’m determined to push through these barriers and succeed.
Like most of us, I am juggling lots of different things on a daily basis which means time is precious! From the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep my mind is going twenty to the dozen with things to do, things to remember, and other random thoughts! In the past, I know that these thoughts have consumed me to a point where I’m paralysed into inaction! As I’ve heard recently I’m in hustle mode, which is fine if hustle mode gets the best out of you but for me, it’s not a great place to be!
April has been a month where I’ve been very mindful of what I do with my time and the thoughts I have so that I can start to make changes in both that will move me forward. I know this won’t be an easy process, there are things I’ve kept buried inside for decades that I know I need to release to achieve what I want in life.
The RTT process has now finished for now, after the main session, Marty sent me a recording that I listened to for 21 days and we have weekly check-ins for 3 weeks! There haven’t been earth-shattering changes but I am noticing subtle shifts in my thinking, pushing through the excuses my internal voice shouts out when I do things that in the past been too scared to do!!
You’ll remember last year I did something called #75Hard where I completed a number of actions every day for 75 days, I really liked the idea of doing something like this again but with my own actions that will help move me forward, so on the 26th April I started #250Challenge, on this date there were 250 days left of 2021 so I committed to myself & friends/social media that I’d do the following every day for the rest of the year!! These are mainly things that I avoid doing!!
- 30 minutes of marketing/business development
- 1 social media post – mainly on my business pages but could be personal too!
- 30 minutes exercise – this is the easiest one for me as I love doing it but I like everyone, often make excuses for not doing anything, this will mostly be Crossfit/Interval Training/Open water swimming, but walking will count too.
- 30 minutes personal development – exploring my internal blocks, working through limiting beliefs, or anything else that will move me forward both personally and professionally
- 15 minutes meditation – I’m using the Insight timer app for this which tracks progress.
All of these times are as a minimum, I feel it’s stretching but doable and will give me something to focus on when days are tough and feel like giving up!! We all have them don’t we but I know for sure I won’t be defeated! I love the feeling of ticking off each action when I do it each day! And like I said above, it’s about priorities, I don’t want to say to myself I don’t have time for something important when I’ve sat on Instagram for an hour!! You are welcome to join me in this challenge and I know at the time of writing this there are less than 250 days left but join anyway, start at 225 or 200!! The time will go anyway… Here is my simple tick sheet, you can add your own actions!
Until next time, stay safe! Rachel xx