If You Feel Like You’re Running Out of Time, Breathe Deeply.

3 min readNov 5, 2023
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The Illusion of Time

Tick-tock, tick-tock. The sound of the clock is almost deafening when you feel like you’re running out of time. Deadlines looming, goals unmet, and that nagging feeling that you’re falling behind can really mess with your head. But before you surrender to a full-on existential crisis, let’s take a breather — literally.

The Time Paradox

You know that feeling when it seems like everyone around you has this “adulting” thing down except you? You’re not alone. It’s not that everyone else has found the secret stash of ‘extra hours’ that you haven’t. It’s that they’ve found ways to use their time more wisely. So let’s cut through the noise and demystify this time dilemma.

The Five-Step Dance

Let’s break it down into five actionable steps: Plan, Focus, Simplify, Eliminate, and Relax. Every time you find yourself freaking out about deadlines or the to-do list that’s longer than a CVS receipt, cycle through these steps. Watch how they act like a mental defibrillator, snapping you back to life.

1. Plan

First things first, you can’t hit a target you can’t see. Sketch out a roadmap. Jot down your end goals and the smaller milestones to get there. Align your daily tasks with these markers.

2. Focus

Stop multitasking; it’s a myth. The human brain isn’t wired to handle multiple complex tasks at the same time. Choose one thing and give it your undivided attention. Create a distraction-free zone if you have to. Trust me, your Instagram feed can wait.

3. Simplify

You don’t have to do it all. Really, you don’t. Strip down your list to the essential tasks that align with your objectives. Ask yourself: “Will this task bring me closer to my goal?” If the answer is no, it’s got to go.

4. Eliminate

This one’s like Spring Cleaning but for your to-do list. Get rid of clutter — tasks that suck up your time but offer no real value. Delegate if you can, ditch if you can’t. Don’t be a task hoarder; it’s not a good look.

5. Relax




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