Most of us feel like we don’t have enough of it. And the time that we do have, we want to spend wisely. Effectively.
How do you do that? With sticky notes, to-do lists and alerts in your calendar? What – or who- controls how you spend your time?
2020 has given some an even busier schedule, but it also gave a lot of us al lot of time. All these things that we have to do, was cancelled, and for a lot of people this was an eye opener. It showed us how busy our everyday lives actually are. And it helped us recognise which of the normal activities we missed, and which we could happily do without.
The things we missed are of course the things that gives us joy, meaning, love. Connects us with ourselves and each other. This should always be prioritised.
Now, as more and more people are coming back to the new normal, the other activities start rolling in. You know, the ones that you could easily do without just a few months a go.
This call for you to prioritise your time, so that you plan to do stuff that makes sense for you and those you love. And plan time for doing nothing. We dare you, to have an empty afternoon, day or even a full weekend with nothing planned in your calendar.
Give yourself time to do nothing, and see how something will come from it. Thoughts, naps, reflections, talks, a phone call to someone you haven’t see for a long time, workout or a yoga class, a good book, a walk in nature, a dip in the ocean, coffee in bed – and even time for meditation.
If this seems like a big step from where you are now, please remember the rule of starting small.
Just like marathon runners don’t do a 40K run in their first training session, you don’t have to go of for a 3-day me-time silent retreat next weekend.
Take small steps:
– Give yourself five minutes to go outside after lunch – yes, even if it rains.
– Leave home five minutes earlier, so that you have time to sit at your desk and breathe and visualise your day at work.
– Enjoy a cup of tea in the afternoon, without looking at your screen. If this means you have to leave this now, then so be it…
We realise that these suggestions aren’t new to the world tips on taking short breaks. You probably heard them and a few more before. But, then why don’t you do it?
The reason is, that because you haven’t done this repeatedly, you haven’t experienced the benefits.
Find time for meditation
It’s the same with meditation. You want to do it, you really do. But you just can’t find the time for it, right?
OK, we get it. But instead of saying: “I can’t find the time”, try “I can’t prioritise that”. How does that feel?
See, time is such an easy excuse. It’s actually not about time, we all have the same 24 hours. It’s about our priority of our time. If you wanna find time for meditation, you have to prioritise meditation over something else.
Now it’s all up to you.
Should you meditate instead of the morning shower? Probably not.
Should you meditate instead of preparing or buying and drinking coffee number 4 today? Yeah, sounds healthy. However, if you’re like most coffee lovers, you’ll be struggling to actually do that when around 15:30.
So, here’s the tip
Meditate in bed.
Whether you’re an early bird or night owl, you probably spend a good amount of your time in your bed not sleeping. Your scrolling. You know you shouldn’t, but you’re taking your phone to bed, and your checking feeds and news and mails. You know that the blue light is ruining your melatonin production (that sleep hormone, that supports your sleep remember…), when you look at the screen before falling a sleep.
And you know that it’s stressing your brain, to wake up with to-dos and reminders, before you even pull up the curtains or say good morning to your kids.
Change it. Find a guided meditation to listen to instead. In OliOli Meditation, you’ll find guided meditations to help you realise the day and fall a sleep, as well as meditations to start the day with a positive mind.
It doesn’t matter what time of day you meditate or for how long you meditate. All that matters is, that you meditate.
Do this for a few days in a row, and see how it can easily become a habit.
And then comes the real game changer:
When you meditate, you increase your level of awareness, and you become better a recognising what is important to you. You’ll then start to feel like you actually have more than 24 hours a day. The prioritising of activities that you were used to, is no longer an issue, you just act intuitively, because you are more connected with your own values and needs.
Start in bed, with a guided meditation. Do it for a few days in a row. Reflect on the changes.
Now think about how it could feel, if you swapped that cup of afternoon-joe with a meditation session.