Identifying Time: A mindfulness tool from Yvonne

16 June 2021

Approaching the end of lockdown brings the opportunity to live differently. We don’t have to go back to how things were before if we don’t want to.  So how do we figure out where we want to be?

Yvonne, a Relate Northants counsellor, gives you the following tips on…

Identifying Time

Nothing else has affected a whole nation’s lives so completely like the pandemic and the way we spend our time has had to change.

There are many things that we have been longing to do. But there have also been many things we’ve enjoyed not doing.

So, instead of drifting back into life lived at full tilt, here’s one way we can think carefully about our time and priorities.

The Time Diagram

Step One: Draw a big circle. Then, think about some of the key things that make you, you. For instance, the work you do, your hobbies, your relationship, being a parent, etc. Label each of your sections with one of those things.

Step Two: How much time does each segment take over a typical week? Fill a portion of the segment in to represent that time and label it with the activity from your list from step one

Step Three: When you’re done, take a look at your chart. Is there something missing here that you’d like to include in your life? Would you like to reallocate some of the time on your chart?

Thinking through our lives in this way can help us connect the way we use our time with our sense of identity. It can reveal surprising things that are missing.

 For example, do we make time for self-care? What less important things suck our time away? What’s out of balance?

Going further

Noticing how our time is spent helps us be mindful about what we do and how much time we spend on it. Of course, for some of us, we can feel like we simply don’t know who we are or how to start reclaiming ourselves.

An experienced counsellor is able to help you bring into focus not just where you are but also where you wish you were – and help you get there. Reach out to us to book an appointment. We’d love to be part of your journey.

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