Do you often feel overwhelmed with all the things you have to do? Do you find yourself often saying “I’m too busy for this” or “I don’t have time for that”?
If so: you’ve got a case of Time Scarcity Mindset! And it’s contagious!
Time Scarcity Mindset is characterized by the following symptoms:
Not enough hours in the day
Can’t keep on top of your to-do list
Multitasking is your constant mode of operation
It’s more satisfying to get things done than to actually do them
Relaxation and happiness are located somewhere in the future
Time Scarcity Mindset sets in because we constantly feel there is “not enough” time to do what we want to do. And yet, time is not something that we can own, borrow, get more of, or parcel into pieces the way we think we can. It’s actually our relationship to time that matters.
Ever lost yourself in an amazing hobby, or deep in conversation, or even a luscious daydream of traveling far away? Notice how time zipped by in a flash? Similarly, ever notice that when something is boring, menial, or dreaded, the seconds tick by at a snail’s pace?
Author Gay Hendricks, in his fantastic book The Big Leap, says this is because of the relative nature of time. It’s not the clock and the minutes that matter. It’s your experience of time that counts.
Shifting your experience of time starts with reprogramming your scarcity mindset. Next time you catch yourself feeling overwhelmed like there’s not enough time, try these steps:
1) Notice. Notice that you had a time scarcity thought
2) Release. That thought was just a thought, and not a helpful one, so just send that thought on its merry way without getting caught up in the urgent signals it’s trying to send
3) Connect. Connect back into the present moment by engaging in your immediate activity, instead of your thoughts about time slipping away
4) Expand. Notice the times when time feels expansive and really slows down. Drink. This. In.
A more abundant, supportive time mindset relieves the scary feeling that time is running out and opens you up to a new relationship with time.
Where are you feeling like time is racing by in your life? Where does time move slowly for you? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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