A Lesson On Time From Dr. Seuss

"How did it get so late so soon?” It's night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"

I ❤️ it when a children's book delivers such insight. Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for this gem.

TIME. This is always a topic of stress with my clients...on the regular. As Dr. Seuss so poetically put it, we are constantly at odds with it. Never actually stopping to take in the beauty. To wander. To be present.

Our relationship with time is quite toxic if you think about it...

There's never enough of it...

We don't make space for ourselves so we lose it...

We compromise it with others, by multitasking (see: technology/cell phones)...

We have trouble balancing it/managing it...

We always feel like we are "lacking" it...

It's always later than we think...

Sound right? Did you get stressed out reading this? Probably. Because most of us have a strained relationship with time. 🙄

We are controlled by time, and in order to achieve wellness (or some semblance of it) we need to make a few shifts. This is not to say that we should stop setting our alarms and be late for meetings (that would be irresponsible, duh). This is to remind you of the importance of slowing down and making space in order to thrive, which to me is beyond success. 

Here's two little reminders for ya. 

Reframe. Reframe. Reframe. When you look at your watch, the clock on your cell phone or the one in your car, take a deep breath and think about the time you DO have. I know, sounds ridiculous - but, if you change your attitude and slow the eff down, it helps. Rather than think, "I don't have enough time", what if you think, "I still have X minutes." See where I'm going there?

Take back control of it. (This is kind of like that icky phrase "time management" but waaaay better.) Bottom like, take inventory of what you are saying "yes" to (probably everything) and start saying "NO". We have a tendency to overcommit in all areas of our lives (I know someone is rolling their eyes here). By stepping back and evaluating what needs to be priority and what aligns with who we are and what we want, we can eliminate a lot of things that aren't serving us (and quite frankly, are sucking our time). Stop trying to be everything to everyone and start being something to YOU.

There are a few more tricks when it comes to changing your relationship with the clock, but these two are a couple of my favs. 

What's your relationship with the clock? How does it affect you?