#135: 7 permissions to Make More Time When You Don’t Seem to Have Enough [Podcast]

Welcome to Episode 135 of the Sheep Dressed Like Wolves Podcast. In this episode I discuss why some people seem to have more time than everyone else, and ways in which we can unlock more of it for ourselves.

It’s not an episode of productivity shortcuts and hacks. If you’re after that kind of thing then you’ll be disappointed. I concentrate instead on something far more important than this idea that we need shortcuts to get more done…

Make More TimeHow do those people do it? You know, the people who seem to have more time to effortlessly get everything done?

What is it that they have in common?

They approach things from the perspective of self-management, NOT time management. They step back and consider the the effect of themselves on themselves.

Rather than trying to control or change a static and invariable truth – time, they ask ‘why isn’t this working? Why am I stressed? What can I do with the way I’m living my life right now to make it work for me?’

In other words they take responsibility.

Then they cut things out rather than adding things in, and they do life in a focussed, intentional and value-driven way. Constantly re-aligning with the important things.

In this episide I consider the following ways we can make more time in our own lives when we feel like we just don’t have enough:

1. More Time to Think
What do you do when you have to wait for 30 seconds?
2. More Time Away
Take breaks and re-align with your core goals/values
3. Slow Down
The way we use our time (the most valuable resource we possess), reflects our relationship with all the resources of the world
4. Stop Feeling Guilty
We spend too much of life bearing guilt for the way we spend our time moment to moment
5. Know Your Enough Points
Work isn’t everything and nor should it be
6. Realise That You Are Not as In Demand As You Think
You can’t manage time, you can only manage your self
7. Switch From a Consumption to a Creation Mindset
The modern-day appetite to consume will NEVER be satisfied so don’t bother trying

Over to You

Question: What do you find stops you from feeling like you have enough time? From where might you be able to retrieve more time? Please leave your response in the comments below.

4 comments
  1. Hi Andy, I’ve just listened to this great episode again and I really love it, I love the way you’ve managed to express just the vital points in such a meaningful way. Julia – I really like your point abouto not switching tasks often and totally agree with it – I’ve just struggled recentlyl with that, and realised I need to let go of certain activities for a while to concentrate on others – that trying to do just a little bit each day of each is fine only up to a point, but in fact, it gets too frustrating and too confusing. I also agree about the pace-changing – when I worked in offices, walking home was the best strategy. Now, being a working-from-home single mother, I find I’m so enmeshed in “home and kids” in the morning, that going out with the kids at 8:00 and taking myself for a brisk walk is vital in making it possible for me to get back into creative mode and into “my own creative/working space” again, even though I stay in my own house to do so…

    1. Thank you Tomer! I know that transitioning is so important – love what you say about being aware of it no matter what our day looks like. When I worked from home every day I used to get a lift with my wife to her work and then walk home (to work). It seemed futile – ending up back where I started when I could have already been working for 45 minutes. But it was so good for me. Similar thing to what you say! The power of a walk, hey!

  2. Hello Andy,

    a wonderful podcast with easy to do tipps! Thanks so much for that 🙂

    I can add some more things that help me quite a lot as well:

    – when doing things, do it as a blocker – this means, do not switch tasks very often, stay at a task that you can do it with your full mind. If I switch very fast from task to task – even without breaks – my mind gets confused.
    – when you said to slow down – then I thought on even slowing down on how to do things. When I am in overstimulation it could help doing things in household 5 times slower than normally. This sounds a bit strange, but through this activity I come back to myself and to my soul.
    – alone time is also very important. No people around. Just being by myself.

    And another thought to add… When I am doing things in a certain pace I cannot switch this pace immediately. When I am e.g. in the office and had to finish something until end of day I have a fast pace. When coming home I am then not able to sit on my couch and relax. This is not possible. I have to slow down my pace in a smooth way – when I would force me to relax than I would get more squirrely than I am already… Just a thought.

    Andy, go on with your fabulous blog – it helps others – introverts as well as HSPs – so much!

    Take care and all the best,
    Julia

    1. Thanks Julia! I love your ideas. Really cool what you say about literally slowing down normal activities. It’s a great way of becoming mindful. I’m awful at doing that and I’m going to give it a go this week. You’re not alone with the pace factor either – it’s difficult to change speed instantly – transitions are vital. That’s why I love to walk home from work – it gives me a perfect transition period. I often have to stop myself part way and say ‘come on, stop marching’. So spot on! Great observation.

      Thank you so much for these wonderful insights! 🙂

      Andy

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