This Mindset Ask Me Anything series features commentary from Love People + Make Money’s Community Creative, Lynn Leusch.  Thank you Lynn for taking the time to review the questions and answers and write helpful notes to go with the replays!!

One of Kelly’s community members asks:

Q: When you don’t have enough time to do what you want to do, how do you find a great mindset to work from?

I initially looked at this as a time management question. However, Kelly points out that this is actually a great mindset question.

Really? How can a question dealing with time be about what or how I think?

Time Management is a Mindset Issue

After watching the video, Kelly helped me grasp how my mindset plays a huge part in how I deal with time management issues. Watch her video to see how she easily breaks down the concepts.

Kelly initially points to a chapter in a book she recommends by Gay Hendricks titled The Big Leap. This book chapter goes into detail on how we as humans reference time as a construct, a way of measuring time from milliseconds, seconds, minutes…weeks, years, etc.

Here’s where the management of time turns into a mindset philosophy.

In reality, a minute of time is not an accurate measure of time when it comes to our personal experience.

To paraphrase Kelly’s example, If I have 10 minutes of time and have an email to write. I can easily write it in under 10 minutes and then move on. However, if in that same 10 minutes of time I am dreading having to write this email for any reason, the likelihood of it being written within the allotted time frame just isn’t going to happen.

The same amount of time is allotted, but I will receive a completely different outcome based on my thoughts on any individual projects I encounter.

What makes the difference between writing an email with time to spare and it never getting done? My mindset!

Make A Mindset Adjustment

As always Kelly herself is a great example of how this concept works and shares that she is in charge of 4 different companies and is able to juggle, prioritize, and choose how to manage her time on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis. If there are many projects that are needed to be tackled on a given day, she decides and prioritizes what actions to take. She is in the driver’s seat.

I put myself in the driver’s seat and say which do I want to do? What do I want to do joyfully and smoothly with passion and excitement in the time I have and I just set the other things down? I reschedule them. I put on the calendar for another day. I do it from a powerful mindset of choosing it. Taking control! Owning my power over time and projects.

All this time, I thought I just needed more hours in the day and yet the entire time it was really a matter of me choosing a great mindset to work with.

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  1. Funny thing is, I find it so much easier to see how valuable a mindset shift can be when it comes to work habits to accomplish projects. Yet when I’m deciding whether I should do the laundry or play in my craft room; guess which one keeps winning? LOL!

    Kidding aside, it is indeed helpful to acknowledge that the choices I make based on my mindset will directly impact my outcome.

  2. As a person of faith who bills by the minute, I have an interesting relationship with time. Kairos vs chronos? Or a blending of the two? I struggle with the need to be fully present to whatever or whoever is “right in front of me” versus being (mostly) present while running one (or more) routines in the background. Piggybacking off of the quote in the post, I take care of the “grunt work” in the background while doing something I enjoy. It feels less burdensome that way, and I get to check more things off my list! #winning

  3. I’ve never really considered the intersection of mindset and time management. While those in traditional work settings may not always have the ability to choose what projects they love most to focus. One can always choose to have a positive mindset.

  4. This was interesting to me because I have never considered time management to be a mindset issue. But when you said “our experience of time is all about our mindset about what we’re doing” I was like DANG that hits the nail on the head.

    I quickly thought of several situations in the past where I would push projects off because of ‘not enough time’ when in reality, I had plenty of time! Instead, it was my mindset of how I felt about what I was doing (I wasn’t excited or interested in the projects)!

    That was such an eye opener for me!

    Another thing that stuck out to me was when you were talking about having 3 things needing to be done but not enough time to do them all so you CHOOSE which one you want to do. This makes so much sense and I can see why putting myself in the driver’s seat, when something like this comes up in the future, will help me have a better mindset which in return will help with time management to get the project done.

    Loved this so much! Thank you Kelly and Pam for asking this question.

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