I’m not sure how I came upon my first 21 Day Meditation Experience with Deepak Chopra, but I do know it came at the right time. Because I was so new to meditation and just began using my new Insight Timer app I was open to learning more. So when I saw this I immediately sign up. If you aren’t familiar with these programs Deepak Chopra offers, they are in collaboration with Oprah and guide you through 21 days of mantras, meditation, self discovery and journaling. I find them to be incredibly useful. I have learned so much about myself from these programs. Oh did I mention they are FREE? Yay! It’s amazing the amount of aha moments that come out of these experiences for me. I have everything written in my notebook and I can see where the learning happened and how I moved forward with it and the changes made in my current life because of it. Pretty powerful stuff! Here are my thoughts and lessons learned throughout the my first 21 Day Experience.
Each session has a theme. The first one I did was Time. There were a lot of lessons for me to learn here. First being “making every moment matter.” On Day One Deepak says “If you don’t have enough time, you need to manage it better.” Yes! Of course!
Three things I want to have more time for:
Three things that feel like I lost time or wasted time:
Scrolling on my phone
The goal here was to achieve a more fulfilling use of time while decreasing wasted time. I decided to make use of my early afternoons and early evenings volunteering or doing something fun. I can see now I took those to heart and are now all happening in my life. The doing something fun also took care of spending time with my husband. A two for one! We make a regular habit of going to concerts, as we are both music nerds. He being in a band in a previous life and me as a music lover surrounded by musicians in high school (my husband being one of them!) We have a deep love for music. This is our thing.
Volunteering was the other area I wanted to have more time for in my life. I did a little research and found a meal delivery service for seniors who were home bound. This was a county program where I could make my own schedule. It was a perfect start. I love seniors!! They are the most honest, funny, lovable people! It made my day to deliver their meals and chat a little. Doing for others is so important for both the people you are helping and your overall health. Win-win.
As far as the lost or wasted time, I decided that household chores are inevitable so I make the most of them by listening to a podcast or audio book during this time. No more TV on in the background. I go days without watching tv now. I don’t miss it at all. I have my shows recording and when I schedule the time to watch, I get my fill. You can do anything you want to do if you start taking control of your tv habits. Phone scrolling is the same. I started setting a timer when I would sit down and scroll through my phone in the morning and evening. If I don’t, an hour can go by just like that! I could have been reading, writing, exercising, meditating or any of the other things I want to bring into my life. This is a habit I’m still working on. I still forget to set my timer sometimes. I need to set a reminder for my timer!!
While on the subject of wasted time, I want to mention Laura Vanderkam and her books on time management. I found her work fascinating. She suggests keeping a time log for a few days to see how you are using your time. If you want to know where you are wasting time just try it! My time log was eye opening! Most clearly was my unplanned time scrolling on my phone. It was all there in black and white. I have a lot I want to accomplish and the only way to do that is to manage my time well. This is an area that I have to continually come back to for review and get back on track. Here’s a link to Laura Vanderkam’s TedTalk. https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_vanderkam_how_to_gain_control_of_your_free_time?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
Do you feel like you have lost or wasted time in your day? Try the following:
- Keep a log of your time using Laura Vanderkam’s method or choose one of your own.
- Make a list of things you want to have more time for. Keep it small, three or four things.
- Make a list of areas of wasted or lost time.
- Think of ways to use your time more wisely to increase what you want to bring into your life and how to decrease the lost or wasted time.
Can’t wait to hear your comments! Thanks for being here!