• Lizzie Shutt

Take Time to Make Time

“We overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a lifetime.”

- Tony Robbins

Prioritizing my blog on vaccation this summer was challenging, but I love writing it! Self-discipline goes along way especially when it comes to things you love.

“I don’t have enough time! There’s never enough time in the day to do everything. Time goes by so fast. I lost time.” -Common Time Talk

Think of time as an energetic being that reacts to your feelings and behaviors. If time is constantly used in a negative, defeating context then your brain will develop thought patterns around the idea that there is never enough time. When in reality, everyone gets the same 24-hour day to choose which activities to fill their time with.

Time: a resource nobody feels they have enough of. I fall into this thought process when I start to think of all the things I need to do: homework, recipe creation, groceries, cleaning, organizing finances, planning study abroad, etc. Falling into this thought pattern is counterproductive because as you think of all your to-do’s, it starts to feel overwhelming and unachievable in a day’s worth of work. This blog post can act as a guide for developing time management skills starting with learning the word “no.”

I am a motivated person who likes to get my hands into everything I can so learning to say “no” has been a work-in-progress for me. Realizing that I can just say “no” allows me to feel in control of my time. I can control my time by being aware of what my priorities are and will be practicing time management awareness these next few weeks. I had a mini breakdown this week because I felt like there were so many projects and life events to deal with and I didn’t know how to balance my time. So, I cried and then I put on some funky music and freed myself to draw with a colorful Sharpies to the beat of the music. It was so liberating! Once I flipped my mindset to see time as a resource rather than a constraint, I felt freedom flush across my body like I had just done a large exhale. I am practicing better time management starting this week, alongside all of you that want to join me, by setting goals that align with my weekly schedule. Let’s get started!

To prompt your thought process around developing time management practices here are some statements to journal or say out loud to yourself. These can help clarify your current strengths and weaknesses when it comes to achieving your goals.

  • Right now I am prioritizing…..

  • Working towards my goal of…. I accomplished…

  • I was not able to ….. This week because…..

  • I get distracted from my work by….

  • I use….. To schedule my projects. This works/doesn’t work because ……

  • “No” is used for projects/people when…..

  • I feel overwhelmed when…. I know my sign of stress is….

  • I feel excited and motivated by….

  • I focus best when…..

Weekly Breakdown Activity: Be honest with yourself about where you spend most of your time. The truth can only benefit you by clarifying what proactive steps you are taking and areas that need more focus! I used some examples from my own life, but try not to let my activities and goals influence your weekly schedule.

Step 1: List Your Weekly Activities

Step 2: Underline your non-negotiables. These are activities you have to do each week and cannot live without.

Step 3: Write your top three goals for this semester (or whatever timeframe you want).

Step 4: Look back at your weekly activities. Place the activities that contribute to your goal underneath your statements.

I highly encourage you to use this as a starting point for managing your time. Your brain will be more receptive by writing out goals/activities and visually seeing statements about where your time is going. My intention for this week is to limit my social media scrolling and snapping pictures of every meal. Setting an intention and sharing with others to keep you accountable is a great way to build healthy time management habits!

On that note, you may not see a lot from me posting on Instagram this week, but I’ll surely be working towards my goals and enjoying plenty of smoothie bowls!

“Live Dirty, Eat Clean & Green”

-Lizzie Shutt


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