Finding time for oneself might seem like an impossible job in our fast-paced and demanding environment. Our attention is constantly being diverted in various directions as our to-do lists continue to increase and deadlines loom above. We often find ourselves wishing there were more hours in the day and scrambling to find a way to snag a few priceless moments of privacy and self-care.
Focus is frequently mentioned in relation to productivity and completing tasks. That is undoubtedly the case, but the emphasis extends beyond merely crossing things off a list. True focus is focusing your attention and effort on the most important things that are most important to you. It involves being totally present at the moment and committed to the work at hand. And when you develop this focus, something miraculous happens: you start to take back your time.
The constant monitoring of alerts and the never-ending flood of information in the current world are two examples of how we are always distracted. This diversion disrupts our focus and robs us of priceless life moments.
Focus enables us to operate more efficiently rather than more laboriously. We become more productive and efficient when we give our jobs our full attention. We simplify our efforts and do more in less time by focusing on what is necessary and removing what is not. As a consequence, we make room for ourselves so that we may follow our passions, treat ourselves, and take care of our well-being.
We must also realize the importance of saying “no” in our quest for focus. Saying “yes” to every request and invitation that comes our way causes us to frequently overcommit. But if we spread ourselves too thin, our focus is diluted and we run out of energy. Reclaiming our time and achieving balance in our lives begins with learning to prioritize our own needs and create limits. We create a world of chances for ourselves by saying no to things that don’t support our beliefs and priorities—opportunities that feed our hearts and renew our energies.
The practice of mindfulness is another aspect of attention that results in having more time for oneself. The technique of being completely in the moment without judgment or attachment is known as mindfulness. When we practice mindfulness, we develop an inner quiet and clarity that let us live each day to the fullest. We become conscious of the depth inside ourselves, the richness in our relationships, and the beauty in the most basic of situations. By dedicating a little amount of time each day to practicing mindfulness, we make room inside ourselves for our own well-being. This space allows us to rest, reflect, and rediscover who we are.
We learn that time is a limited resource and neither something we can manufacture nor control in our quest for concentration. The way we choose to use that time is something we can, however, control. Focusing first and putting distractions last allows us to make time for ourselves.
We open the door to fulfillment, personal development, and self-care. We understand that the key is to utilize the time we have efficiently rather than trying to find more of it.
So, if you find yourself desiring more personal time, keep in mind that the road to regaining it begins with concentration. Accept the power of avoiding distractions, saying no, and engaging in mindfulness exercises.