Over the past few days we’ve taken a closer look at time – our only truly limited resource.

We looked at how we spend our time and what may be sucking time away from us and I asked you to switch off all social media for a couple of days. I would love to hear if you actually did it and what happened? How did that feel?

In the beginning, it can feel quite uncomfortable when you start to be more intentional with your time. I can’t emphasize it enough. It is our most valuable resource. If you have followed the exercise and are keeping a time log, you should have freed quite a few hours that you can now use for new things like your purpose or things you are passionate about.

When we’re no longer watching TV mindlessly (meaning without the intent of wanting to watch a specific movie or show), or let social media suck us in, or distract ourselves with surfing the net etc., we have time to do the things we want to. If you don’t notice a difference yet, you are either a very focused saint or have not followed my suggestions yet. Unfortunately, little happens from reading. Only when we implement what we learn or what we begin to understand about our self will change happen.

A few years ago I joined a high-end mastermind program in California and we did a time assessment. I had the lowest count in the room and that did not surprise me. I was stressed, never seemed to have time and felt overwhelmed. Then I did some of the exercises I am sharing with you and worked with healing energy (which I am sending to you right this moment) and after only a couple of days my perception of time had totally shifted. I felt that I had all the time in the world. This stuff works!!!

Things change when you change your perception of things.

I changed my perception of time and with that changed how I feel about time and how I handle my 24 hours.

Today I want to encourage you to embrace your hobbies and interests. Do you remember when you were a kid and had the afternoons, weekends, and school holidays free to do what you wanted to do? As an adult, it becomes tougher to sneak in those activities between everything that needs to be done. We often let go of the things we enjoy doing the most. It’s now time to take back that joy and pick up those hobbies and interests again …or even find new ones to try. I started painting a couple of years ago and really enjoy it. it clears my head and I love creating things. Here is a sample.

Hobbies are an important part of living with purpose. They give balance to our lives, allow us to unwind and let go of the stress and anxiety that has built up over the workday. Also, you spend some much needed time on something we love. They help us distress and have fun. For example, if you work in an office, you spend most of your time at the computer so it can be tough to see the fruits of your labor. Even though you worked hard, you can’t see what you’ve accomplished. To balance this out, consider a hobby like gardening, sewing, knitting, woodworking, sculpturing, painting, playing music etc. Spend an hour in the evening on your favorite hobby and you can actually see, feel, and touch the progress you’ve made. This will strengthen your self-esteem and is good for your health and mental well-being.

Hobbies also give you a chance to connect with other like-minded individuals. There are classes, groups, clubs, and even guilds for all sorts of different things. Or you can simply form your own group. Find a few other cycling or motorbike enthusiasts and start organizing group rides on the weekends. Start a monthly book club or a hiking group. Whatever your interests might be, embrace your hobbies and interests and make them part of your everyday life again.

Feel the joy and energy this will give you and don’t forget to share with us what you are doing.

Make today matter!

Barbara