Creating a comfortable relationship with time has been a life-long journey for me. When I started out, I had my ‘to-do list’.
I’ve since twigged that it’s focusing on my ‘priorities list’ that really does it for me.
So instead of zero-ing in on what I think I need to get done, I get clear about which the most important items are for me to achieve. This simple shift’s making a whopping difference in terms of both the ease and flow of my time, plus the number and nature of the goals I’m able to reach.
More recently I’ve re-read Gay Hendrick’s The Big Leap, in which Gay shares his concept of Einstein time, which is about how time can condense or expand depending on how we feel about what we’re doing. 1 It’s a radically different way of approaching time management compared with Newtonian time, – a concept that most of us are familiar with.
Embracing Einstein time and nailing my priorities has transformed my daily routines as well as my sense of accomplishment.
A question you might be asking is ‘That’s cool – can this approach help us meet our health needs too?’…
…Actually yes! You see one of the biggest challenges for our bodies is our experience of stress and how it can impact our general well-being in multiple ways. These can include increasing our heart rate, blood pressure, and affecting our metabolic rate. It goes without saying that chronic imbalances within our body systems can lead to health challenges over time, including heart disease, weight gain, and depression.
So experiencing a more harmonious relationship with time and productivity can have a positive impact on our general health too.
And now I have an invitation for you –are you game to ditch your ‘to-do’s’ and consider Einstein time?
See you on this week’s #AlivewithFi for the deeper dive, and where we get to cover off your questions too. Ciao for now
1In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks suggests that we have a limited way of thinking about time. Instead, he directs us to “take ownership of time — acknowledge that you are where it comes from — and it will stop owning you. Claim time as yours, and it will stop its claim on you.” With the arbitrary constraints of time, we can determine our priorities and achieve them.
“Einstein Time: How to Get Twice as Much Done in Half the Time and Have a Good Time Doing It [PDF file]”
- Hendricks (2007)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O.,I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.