Life Coach Linda

How to Spring Clean Your Schedule and Refresh Your Relationship with Time

Posted on: April 22, 2013


One of the common concerns that my clients talk about is not having enough time.  They are working very hard and feeling very, very busy.  We often discover that they are operating in a time warp that is not based in reality.   You can use these steps to evaluate your own relationship with time:

1. Start by exploring and writing down what you value most in life.  Common core values include things like family, success, happiness, service, inner peace, religious beliefs, or love.  (Contact me if you would like a free  list of sample values to work with.)

2. Make a list of all of the things that you spend time on or that call for your attention. (Appointments, meetings, things you do for your children, work, connecting with others, playing on Facebook, watching TV, organizations you belong to, housework, and more)  Take a moment to look over your list.  How does it make you feel?

3. Now, for the fun part.  Cross off everything on the list.  Everything! (Do it in a way that you can still see what was written beneath.) You do not “have to” do any of these things. Take a moment to absorb this.   It’s a clean sweep.  There is nothing left on your schedule or to do list.

4. Set an intention for how you would like to live.

5. Create a new list that only includes things that are in alignment with your values and supports the life you want to create.   Be careful not to add everything back here.  This is your priority list.  Everything else is an option to plug in only if it feels meaningful, is in alignment, and you have plenty of time.  There is one exception.  If you have not included time for yourself on the list, please add it now.

6. Double check the list for illusions like the ones below:

  • Keeping you and your children busy with multiple after school activities may seem in alignment with your family values, but may really be limiting your special times together.
  • Spending a lot of time working on a website or marketing in social media may seem like a necessary use of your time, but it could be preventing you from getting out and connecting with potential clients.

7. Review your new list.  It should be much, much shorter than the original and feel in alignment with who you are and what you want.  It should feel more peaceful and leave space for spontaneity and magic.

Doesn’t that feel better?

Don’t forget to leave a comment.  I would love to hear from you.


12 Responses to "How to Spring Clean Your Schedule and Refresh Your Relationship with Time"

Good read one of my goals this yr was to pursue hobbies and now I feel like I “have no time” even though its abundant but this is some good info 🙂

You have the time. It’s simply a matter of trading what you really want to do with what you fell into doing. Hobbies are valuable “me” time that replenishes your energy for the rest.

I am printing this and will spend some time at Starbucks this afternoon implimenting some of your ideas. Thank you,.

Have fun! I would love to hear how it goes and what you discover.

This is a great step-by-step process of getting a person to see what’s really important to them and to create time worth meaning and value. Love this, Linda! Number 4 really resonated with me. That’s the key, isn’t it?

Setting intentions can be so powerful. I like number 4 too.

I like the way you do that – here’s your list, now cross it all off. You are right, we do not ‘have to’ do anything. Thank you for the great reminder. 🙂

I see your point, but what about necessities, like making a living? It may not make it to the second list, but you still have to do it… I will try this exercise, though. Thanks!

Even our necessities like making a living are choices. There are many people who choose not to take care of themselves. So, when you put that on the new list it is clear that it is something you want to do. Be careful though, there may be alternate ways to make a living that fit with your values more.
I know this can all feel like a stretch, but even getting out of bed in the morning is a choice.

Totally Enjoyed reading your exercise. Wow! What a great idea to put a to do list into perspective. I am going to do it and see just how freeing it is!

I would love to hear how it goes.

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