I apologise for being very light on communication over the last 6 weeks but I’ve had to put my own advice into play and create space where there was none and pace myself so I didn’t end up burnt out and bitching at the people I love the most!
I’ve also got some exciting news coming up, I’m working on a new website, a couple of new programmes I’ll be offering very soon and some exciting new collaborations, which I’ll keep you posted on.
I was recently listening to Pedram Shojai, a Dr of Oriental Medicine, talking about TIME - or lack of it - a topic very relevant to me at the moment, and to a lot of us I think, given that Summer, in Traditional Chinese Medicine is about expansion, growth, activity and creativity.
Time is a scarce resource that we all want more of and, at the route of the problem, is time compression: when there isn’t enough time to fit in all the things that we want to fit in on any given day. This leads to us feeling constantly stressed out. Downtime then becomes scarce and we start to feel a little panicked about that too.
Pedram suggests getting better with your time…by getting your time back. Huh? you say. Well first it’s about taking charge of your calendar. If there are things you want to do, then book them in: want to go for a walk twice a week? Put it in the calendar; Want to take a long detox bath 3 nights a week? Put it in the calendar; Want to exercise or cook? Want to clear out your wardrobe clutter? Want to write a blog?...yep, you guessed it…put it in the calendar.
Then we need to get better at saying NO to things that come up that aren’t anything to do with what we actually want to focus on or get done. Think of saying NO as leaving room for the things you want to say YES to, whatever that may be…exercise, eating better, family, playing, me time, clutter clearing, deep conversations…We’ve got to get more realistic about how much time things take and we need to get better at building in time for ourselves too.
If you want to get something done, research has shown that spending a dedicated chunk of time (find your sweet spot between 90 minutes and 3 hours) with phone off, email off, uninterrupted, is much more productive than trying to multi-task, which ends up with too much on your mind, no focus and a frazzled brain…believe me, I’ve been there many a time!
I used to think that multi-tasking was the thing to do to get things done and I would pride myself on my ability to multi-task but in the end, it got me nowhere and now I know different. If you schedule in chunks of time (with short 5-minute movement breaks every half hour) and a proper break at the end of around 15-20 minutes, this will sync more closely with our natural energy cycles, so that we can keep bringing better focus and higher energy levels to the task at hand.
So why don’t you try it this week? Think of something you really want to get done, have wanted to get done for ages. Then look at your calendar, find 90-120 minutes and book in a chunk of time to get the task done. When you offload bits from your ‘to do’ list, you feel less stressed. When you do what you’ve committed to do – and said no to anything else – then you have time for yourself and you get to feel good about it.
And also remember to breathe! Nothing better than breathing to help you forget time…even for a few minutes.
If you’re interested in taking this further and getting help with implementing all these changes and transforming the way you deal with stress and time, speak to me by booking a free Transform you Body & Energy Discovery Session here.
Peace and love,
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