October 27, 2015

How To Be Mindful Of How You Spend Your Time

In an average year of 365 days, there are only 262,800 minutes. In a lifespan of 80 years, there are just over 21 million minutes. That doesn’t seem like a lot, does it? One minute can fly by so fast that we barely even knew it was there. In fact, 262,800 minutes can fly by so fast that we barely remember our year or get anything accomplished. If you would rather make the most of your time, then you need to become more mindful of how you spend your time. Following are some ways to do that.

Stop Watching The Clock

Watching the clock is not the same as watching the sun set. One is a waste of time and one makes the most of it. Yet, we have clocks, watches, and phones that help us keep track of every moment in our life. We have become obsessed with time, and that obsession is causing us to be more mindful of time passing by than of what we are actually doing with it. But, it is still important to get things done in a certain time period. So, we must be mindful of the time to some degree.

The best way to stay mindful of time, but still stay mindful of how you spend it, is to use timers or alarms. Setting a timer helps you to stop looking at the clock and start paying attention to what is going on around you. You can become lost in what you are doing – spending time with family, doing daily tasks for success, cleaning the house, or whatever else, and instead of waiting to switch gears and obsessing about every minute, you can be reminded of it with a simple alarm.

Take Care Of The Future

If you find that you spend a lot of time thinking about or worrying about the future, then it’s time to create some lists that can do the thinking for you. It may take a day or two, but creating lists for the next few months, year, or even few years, can help you get your focus off the future and become more mindful of how you spend your time right now.

First, create goals and to-do lists for those goals. Have a 6-month, 1-year, 5-year, and 10-year plan. When you get clear on what you want to do with your time, and what you need to do to get what you want, you will be more likely to focus on what you need to do in the moment. The stress and worry about the future will disappear, and the need to get certain things done will become much clearer.

Second, create budgets. Don’t be scared of facing your finances. A lot of worry stems from wondering where your money will go and if the future is secure. When you create a yearly budget, and then 12 monthly budgets, you will clearly see what is happening financially in the next year, and become more mindful of how you spend your time making sure you can stick to your budget.

Lastly, tackle areas of your life that soak up a lot of time. For instance, if you spend a lot of time going out and grabbing grocery items that you suddenly need, it may be time to create a weekly or monthly menu plan that allows you to clearly see what you need for food and get it all in one trip to save a ton of time. Or, if you find that you spend too much time trying to keep the house clean, you may want to create a daily cleaning schedule that keeps your house clean without a lot of time or hire someone to clean it for you. This will save you a ton of time and allow you to focus more on what matters in the moment.

Eliminate Distractions

Distractions like Facebook and TV can suck up a lot of your time and put you into a state of unconsciousness. When you get sucked into distractions, time will fly by and you will have gotten nothing important done. If you want to be more mindful of how you spend your time, use tools to help you eliminate distractions. Set up website blocks on your computer. Keep the TV off until a certain time. Turn off your phone or set up a ‘do not disturb’ function on your phone to only allow emergency calls. Find ways to eliminate distractions, and you will find being mindful of your time is much easier.

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