Time is one of the most precious things we have in this life. There are only 24 hours in a day and, as much as you’d like to, you can’t generate any more than that.
Just reading those two sentences makes my belly contract and my chest tighten with anxiety. Does it do that to you too?
This recognition of the preciousness of time usually leads us to believe time is scarce.
And, when time is scarce, we tend to try to fill it with as much as we can...leading to the auto-generated answer to the often asked question of “how’s it going?” with the dreaded….”BUSY!”
But is that really true? Is your life so full and so busy that there isn’t room for anything else all of the time?
A recent New York Times article about the fallacy of the scarcity of time put it best:
Life is full, and life has space. There is no contradiction here.
The article shared that professional adults tend to overestimate work hours, often remembering their busiest weeks as the norm. The reasoning for this was because negative experiences stand out in the mind more than positive ones and because we humans like to consider ourselves “hard-working.”
So here’s the honest truth….
You are the owner of your time, and you can make space for what nourishes you, lights you up, and feeds your soul.
Now, as a busy ambitious woman myself, I know this can feel downright impossible to do….but it really isn’t. It just takes a dose of action with a teaspoon of intention and a pinch of devotion.
Your passion projects are worthy of your time.
Here are some practical tips for you to create more space in your cluttered calendar for creating what you love.
1. Trade in an hour of a mindless activity each week.
For you, it may be scrolling through your social media feed and going through your emails with a feeling of avoidance and dread. For me, this was watching reality television.
It’s a guilty pleasure of mine, but when I decided to trade in one hour of Real Housewives for an hour of working on my creative passion project