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Do you feel like there’s just not enough time to do the things you want to do and feel like you should be doing? Do you wonder where all this time is going? Below are some stats that you might find interesting;

  • 48% of Americans say they don’t have enough time
  • Families spend just eight hours a week together on average
  • 9.9% of Americans say they practice meditation
  • The average person spends 90 minutes per day on their phone
  • The average work week is 47 hours

Obviously if we feel like there’s not enough time, then we feel like we aren’t getting to the things we feel like we should. Whether that is taking care of ourselves, working, or spending time with our family, the feeling generally means we are neglecting some part of our lives and might make us feel out of balance.

Sometimes though, saying we don’t have enough time for “X”, often means “X” isn’t a priority.

Below you can find an interesting TED talk on this by Laura Vanderkam.

You can find some good takeaways from this talk listed below:

  • ” ‘everything I do, every minute I spend, is my choice, and rather than say I don’t have time to do X,Y or Z, I say I don’t do X,y or Z because its not a priority’ “
  • “Over time, we have the power to fill our lives with the things that deserve to be there. How do we do that, first, we need to figure out what they are, and then what they should be…”

Another good TED talk on getting to the things you want to is the one below by Tim Urban.

The talk is very funny, and I think he gets more thoughtful, understanding and deeper than I think he gets credit for.

He makes a great point how procrastination in the short term can be funny and productive. It get’s a lot more serious when things don’t have a deadline like a venture, family and exercising. This is the procrastination that can lead to regret which he points out brilliantly in the box calendar he shows.

The main principle behind all this is doing what you know you should be doing verses what feels good now. Being able to live in love and integrity, even when its painful, letting go of ‘what’s in it for me’ leads to getting what we really want long term.
Unfortunately, many time’s it takes life to kick us in the teeth to start doing the things we should be doing, mainly taking care of our own well being.

Being a practitioner, one thing I hear often from people is that they don’t have time to do things like meditate or do the healing codes. The first thing to ask is ‘should I make this a priority in my life’. Secondly, we can take comfort in the following fact;

“Our testing indicates that doing The Healing Codes gives you more energy than the sleep you lose in order to do The Healing Codes. It just gives you more energy. A lot of people say, “You know, I just can’t find time to do this. My day is just busy from start to finish.” What we tell them is, take a little bit of sleep time to do it. Maybe fifteen, twenty minutes right before you go to bed and fifteen, twenty minutes right when you wake up. Because up to a couple of hours, you will get more energy than you lose by missing that much sleep. So that’s the good news.” – A.L.

Sources:

Gallup, Inc. (2015, December 31). Americans’ Perceived Time Crunch No Worse Than in Past. Retrieved from http://news.gallup.com/poll/187982/americans-perceived-time-crunch-no-worse-past.aspx

Mccann, J. (2013, July 15). No time for the family? You are not alone: Parents and children spend less than an hour with each other every day because of modern demands. Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2363193/No-time-family-You-Parents-children-spend-hour-day-modern-demands.html#ixzz5DL4o9Wa5

McGregor, J. (2014, September 02). The average work week is now 47 hours. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2014/09/02/the-average-work-week-is-now-47-hours/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0cc80065eb47

MacMillan, A. (2017, January 05). Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Are Getting More Popular. Retrieved from http://time.com/4624276/yoga-workplace-mindfulness/ 23 days a year spent on your phone. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mobilestatistics.com/mobile-news/23-days-a-year-spent-on-your-phone.aspx

Urban, T. (n.d.). Inside the mind of a master procrastinator. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator#t-249890

Vanderkam, L. (n.d.). How to gain control of your free time. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_vanderkam_how_to_gain_control_of_your_free_time#t-133461


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