by Dr. Iva Lloyd, ND
One thing is true, everyone has the same amount of time - 24-hours in a day, 7-days in a week. Being able to see the connection between what you do and where you are in life is a worthwhile exercise and can help you live more consciously.
Step 1: List of Roles and Activities
The first thing to do is make a list of all the things that you do and the roles that you have in life. Most people are surprised at the number of activities and roles that they do on a daily or weekly basis. Some examples are:
- mother or father
- sister or brother
- aunt, uncle or cousin
- student or co-worker
- community work
- etc. etc.
- food preparation and eating
- mindfulness and meditation
- social media
- web searching or watching television / movies
- spending time in nature
- hobby or project
- spending or saving money
- etc. etc.
Step 2: Current Satisfaction Level
Step 3: Mapping of Activities and Goals
Once you have an idea of what aspects of your life are working for you and which aren't, the third step is to look at how much time you are spending in each aspect and to determine what needs to change. The aim is to decide what activities you need to increase and which ones you need to decrease. For some activities, it may be about changing how you are doing them. For example, you might find that you still want to make exercise an important aspect of your life, but you are going to spend more time exercising outside and focusing on cardiovascular versus doing weight training in a gym.
- Keep in mind that you only have 24 hours in a day; 7 days in a week.
- Recognize that if you are overwhelmed then you likely have too many things on your plate and it would be helpful to look at those activities you can decrease or remove.
- Whatever you focus on increases in intensity and importance. Living consciously is about being more aware of your choices and choosing more intentionally.