Creating Space In Your Day
Imagine having space in your day just for you, with no one else, no phones, computers or other mobile devices. Sounds like bliss, right? Having space for yourself is something we often crave. It can seem challenging when you have competing priorities, a business or career, family and personal life to consider. What can often happen is that everything and everyone else comes first, and creating space in your day, can end up on the bottom of your to-do list. And, that’s certainly happened to me on so many occasions.
The relationship you have with yourself is crucial, and I’ve found it essential to take myself out of the busyness of daily life so I can focus on reconnecting with what’s most important. For me, it’s a daily practice, and it’s non-negotiable.
From my experience, I’ve found two distinct phases when you’re creating space in your day. The first is creating the space which comes with its challenges, and the second is not filling the space once you create it. If you’re a driven person, it’s easy to fill up space so you can get more done in the business, at work or home rather than using that time to stop and reconnect with yourself.
In this moment, I invite you to focus on creating space in your day. Start small with 10-15 minutes. Begin with what you can manage right now in your life. Even 5-minutes a day, seven days a week can have a positive impact on your life.
So, before you start your day tomorrow, take a look at how you can create 10-15 minutes in your day, just for you. No phones, computers or mobile devices. If you don’t know how this could even be possible with the day you have planned you may like to consider the following list as a starting point to help you come up with some ideas.
- Saying no to an invitation or meeting.
- Taking an appointment (that isn’t necessary) out of your schedule.
- Reducing time spent in meetings.
- Cutting down on work late in the evening.
- Setting some clear boundaries around time spent on social media.
- Getting out of bed 10-15 minutes earlier in the morning.
- Allocating 10-15 minutes of your lunch break solely for you.
- Create time during your daily commute.
- Reducing time spent watching television at night.
There are so many opportunities to create small pockets of time in your day where you can focus on nurturing the most critical relationship in your life.
I hope this list is a starting point and gives you ideas on how you can start creating space in your day. Start with 10-15 minutes and if you can commit to more than that, that’s amazing! Start with what you can now. Schedule it into your day and set the alarm on your phone as a reminder if you need too. View this time as precious, and resist the temptation to fill it up once you have created it.
Make creating space in your day a priority because, from my experience, this is where you will begin to see the magic unfold.
Debra Shepherd is a Business Mentor, Lifestyle Strategist, Educator and Podcaster in Sydney. Here to help you create more ease, joy and meaning in your life and business. Learn more about Debra here.