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The FlyLady: Time in a Bottle

The FlyLady
Time in a Bottle

How many times a day do these words come out of your mouth? "I don't have time!" Just those words and the attitude that produces them wastes the time that we all have; we all have the same hours in a day. It is how we choose to use them that can either help us to feel peace or throw us into a state of CHAOS! We have a choice!
Have you ever noticed that the more hurried you are; the more you forget. Wouldn't it be nice to walk into your bathroom and open up your medicine cabinet and take a dose of time in a bottle! The problem with having time in a bottle would be that we would become addicted to it very fast! That could be fun! The only problem with that is there is no way to manufacture time! OR is there???
I believe that I can help you keep your bottle of time filled to the brim! All it takes is strapping on your wings to FLY! We are going to flit around like little bees gathering tiny bits of time. This is not going to seem like work at all because we are going to have fun in the process. Time FLYs when you are having fun!
If you were to calculate how much time is wasted every day looking for things in your clutter you would be surprised at how fast the minutes could fill up your bottle. You know the items you are constantly searching for: Car Keys, purse, bills and papers. What about all the things you forget because you are in a hurry! Those minutes cost us precious time too. A few simple routines can help you reap those minutes and you won't even realize it!
We all hate that feeling of running late. It starts when we have trouble getting up. Have you ever noticed that the more hurried you are the less gets done and you stop thinking; so even more time is wasted because you forget things and can't find them. I want to help you get rid of that "I'm late!" and "I don't have time!" habit!
A few minutes in the evening will help you feel calmer in the morning. When you are not stressed you can think and do without the pressure of time! I am going to write you a prescription for more time! You have to fill it though! There is no compounding pharmacy in the world that can give you this bottle of time!
1. After dinner pick out your clothes for tomorrow; the whole outfit!
2. Go to bed with your sink clean and shiny!
3. Put items you will need tomorrow on a launch pad!
4. Set your alarm for 15 minutes before the rest of the family.
5. Get into bed at a decent hour and go to sleep!
Then in the morning do these things.
1. Get up when the alarm goes off; no hitting snooze! Put your alarm across the room.
2. Make your bed as soon as your feet hit the floor.
3. Go directly to the bathroom, shower and get dressed to shoes. No excuses!
4. Then eat breakfast, take you medicine and supplements.
5. Help the rest of the family and walk out the door on time!
With this prescription you will find that your stress level decreases and you will have more minutes and hours! Your before bed routine is the most important of the day! It can put that time back into your bottle and you will be able use some of those precious minutes for you! Be careful, the peace you feel is very addictive!
When you hear yourself say, "I don't have time!" Change that to say I have 2 minutes and see what you can do! Set your timer! Your perfectionism is the reason you say those words. You really mean! I don't have time to do it right! You do have time to do something! Anything is better than nothing!
Are you ready to FLY!

For more help getting rid of your CHAOS; check out her website and join her free life coaching at www.FlyLady.net. Copyright 2008 Marla Cilley Used by permission in this publication.

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