Most of us rush through our life with a sense of urgency.
As Stephen Covey says “Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”
In my work as a Stress Management Therapist and Meditation Teacher I have constantly seen the remnants of clients and students who are knee deep in commitments or activities they believe they have to do that is nearly killing them, their family and their relationships.
When challenged and asked to see things from a completely different perspective they actually see how much time and energy they spend on wasteful activities, anxiety and stress on things they don’t really matter at all. When they could be spending this down time for the important things.
Over a few sessions many clients begin to realise; the international executive, the mum who is a carer, has a squad of kids, a job and a heap full of other demands that in-fact they waste a lot time and energy worrying about not having enough time, they end up overwhelmed, depressed, exhausted, depressed and end up filling their valuable precious time with distraction like Facebook, texting or TV programs you don’t even really enjoy.
It is so so easily caught up in filling our life with so many activities but another statement from Stephen Convey states “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
When you learn to be fully in each moment through meditation, time seems to almost stand still and stretch. Meditation helps you feel more calmer and confident, your processing and organisation skills become so much more guided to what is really important, you will even have ingenious ideas how to do things far more efficiently.
Meditation doesn’t have to take up a lot of time in-fact one of the most popular techniques I have ever taught is our less than 5 Minute Meditation which is not just a great stress reliever but can also be used as a power nap or technique to help you get more focused on your day or activities ahead.
Managing your priorities is about balance and asking yourself does this really need to be done? Would this be important in an emergency? Is there a more effective use of my time?