For a lot of us, this is a busy time of year.
We have holiday parties to attend, gifts to buy and wrap, food to prepare, houses to clean, shopping to do, end of year responsibilities to take care of, plans and goals to set out for the New Year, vacations, kids are off from school etc...
We're often feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and anxious about getting it all done.
This leads to spinning on all the things you need to do, creating endless lists, feeling terrible, staying up too late, then you're tired and ineffective the next day, and it's just a viscous cycle.
We need to pause and re-frame.
This is one of my absolute FAVORITE mantras that I write out on a sticky and then repeat over and over (and over...) in my head on especially busy days.
It helps me maintain perspective, and reminds me that I'm in charge of where and how I spend my time. I can then respond, rather than react to the busy-ness.
"Breathe, there is plenty of time for what's important"
Such a simple and effective mindset shift.
Important! Notice there's not time for everything. Not by a long shot.
There's maybe not time for mindless social media scrolling, television watching, the super long workout, the two hour lunch break, online shopping, any number of ways we waste time etc...
But there is time for what's important.
Figure out what that is and then create the time for it.
PS! Check out this post about How to Think About Time, So You Can Have More Of It! It has great tips on how to think about time and tools to utilize it more effectively. Including some of Stephen Covey’s work from his popular book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
You will be surprised at how you're spending your time. I know I was!
So, when things get chaotic this week, remember to breathe. And then remind yourself that there is time for what's important.