In close to seventeen years of working with women to create success the easy way, the biggest challenge I hear is that there’s just not enough time in the day.
I don’t think I could count how often clients tell me “I can’t get anything done!!” due to interruptions, work or family issues, ongoing emergencies (COVID-related and not) or simply having too many balls in the air at once.
As women, we often brag about our ability to multitask.
Unfortunately, we’ve gotten used to doing SO many things simultaneously that our multitasking can backfire, we actually get less done and we feel frazzled at the end of every…single…day.
My favorite solution to this problem is what I call Sacred Time.
Sacred Time is a way to create structure and boundaries so the things you want and need to get done in your work and life happen more easily. Project work, planning time, money-making activities, personal self-care, connection with family…and of course, everything else ;).
Here’s a quick primer on how to create and honor Sacred Time for yourself:
Sacred Time is the opposite of multitasking - it’s focused time where you’re intentionally doing ONLY one thing so you can be fully present and productive
Keeping that time “sacred” means you literally shut off everything else - no phone, no email, no social media - as if you’re in an important meeting and can’t be interrupted (your phone can be on vibrate for emergencies, if needed)
The length of time you choose is up to you - from 15 minutes to one hour to an entire day, including some breaks
I recommend spending at least an hour of Sacred Time on a particular task or activity - spending two hours is great (depending on what you’re doing) but one is often enough to make good progress or really sink in before taking a break or shifting gears
Setting a timer or alarm helps - when the clock is ticking and you’ve got only a few minutes left to work on a project, you’ll be faster and more focused
If your Sacred Time is up and you’re not done, schedule another block of time as soon as possible
While you can definitely fit Sacred Time in on the fly, it’s best to put it on your calendar in advance - you’re much more likely to follow through if the time is planned and it fits into the rest of your day or week
You can reserve Sacred Time for multiple tasks/projects/experiences - just be sure to block each batch of time in a way that makes sense for you and for your schedule
Most importantly, if your Sacred Time doesn’t work out in the way you imagined or it has to be postponed, don’t beat yourself up - just figure out the next time and try again
Open up your calendar now and schedule some Sacred Time this week (or every week) so you can take care of what matters most in your work and life without feeling so stressed. Not only will you accomplish more and get better results, but you’ll learn to trust yourself and stay calmer in the process too.
And by the way, I finished and formatted this article in just one hour of Sacred Time…so I’m happy about that!
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