6 Tips on How to Stop Feeling Like You Are Running Out of Time (and Why)

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Remember when you were younger and had so many plans for what you wanted to achieve at different stages of your life? For example, get your first kiss at 15, a well-paying job at 22, get engaged at 24, have your first kid by age 26, gain financial freedom at 35, and so on.

Have you achieved all that you wanted? Why do you feel like you are running out of time because you haven’t managed to accomplish all the goals you set for yourself?

Time anxiety is a real thing that many people experience, whether because they have set some goals that they are no longer sure of their ability to accomplish or because of society’s expectations.

There are many more reasons you could be feeling like you are running out of time to do certain things or achieve particular life milestones.

Nowadays, there is so much pressure to be a certain way at various ages that even some people as young as 18 feel the pressure to have achieved major goals in life just because it is expected of them.

23-year-olds feel like they are running out of time to move out of their parent’s house and find a well-paying job, and 29-year-olds feel like they should have all their sh*t figured out by the time they hit 30.

But why do we keep putting so much unnecessary pressure on ourselves and letting others dictate what we should have achieved at particular points in our lives?

If you have been feeling like you are running out of time lately, here are some tips on how to stop it and embrace your life as it is.

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How to Stop Feeling Like You Are Running Out of Time

  1. Go at your own pace

One of the reasons why you could be feeling like you are running out of time is that you are comparing your achievements with those of other people, and think that yours are inferior to theirs.

It could also be because you are approaching an age when you are expected to have reached some life milestones but haven’t yet, and hence you feel stuck or behind on things.

If you want to learn how to stop feeling like you are running out of time, stop comparing yourself to others. Don’t feel pressured to have the same things someone else has or what you are expected to have just because it is expected of you. This is your life, and only you should have the reins to it.

No one else should have the power to tell you how fast you should be going or when you should achieve your goals. It is time you realized that everybody is in their own time zone. So, yes, your friend got their dream job at 22, but you can also get yours at 35 or 50, and that is okay.

You will be a happier, more satisfied person when you accept that you have a unique path and purpose that only you can fulfill. To stop feeling like you are running out of time, go at your own pace. No matter how long it takes, you will eventually get to where you want.

The other person’s strides might be bigger, or they might have taken a shorter route, but you will still reach your destination.

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  1. Set realistic goals and be flexible with changes

Having high expectations sets you up for failure.

Many people set goals inspired by what they have seen from others or because they are expected to have achieved various things at a particular age, leading to them feeling like time is running out if they haven’t.

When the deadline approaches and they have not yet accomplished what they set out to do, they feel a lot of pressure and anxiety, making attaining the goals even more difficult.

To stop feeling like you are running out of time, learn to set meaningful, realistic goals that set you up for success and happiness in your personal and professional life.

You could even create a vision board to manifest your dream life and to help you stay focused on your goals.

In case things don’t work out the way you hoped, you should also be flexible to change your expectations to avoid feeling like you have failed and get your life back on track.

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  1. Reframe your thoughts

Life dissatisfaction and negative thoughts about inadequacy are some of the reasons why you could be feeling like time is running out. And since we manifest what we think and say, if you keep telling yourself that you are running out of time to do something, you will start to believe it and this can cripple your ability to go after it.

So, the first thing you have to do to stop feeling like you are running out of time is to not allow words like, ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘If I don’t do XX by the time I’m X years old, I will be a failure’ into your mind.

You could also replace these phrases with affirmations for abundance that remind you that you are enough and have enough time to do anything you want. Not only will you develop a positive outlook, but you will also regain control over your life and be content.

Feeling as if life is just passing you by, and like you are running out of time to do particular things can also be overcome by a change in mindset.

For example, choosing to practice gratitude and finding things to be grateful for every day is one way to stop feeling like you are running out of time.

So, instead of focusing on what you have not achieved in life, think of what you have achieved and all the good things in your life right now and be thankful for them.

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  1. Be patient

As a teenager, it is easier to achieve many significant goals in a short time, from grades in class to awards in sports. However, this momentum doesn’t always spill over to adulthood for most people. It might take more time to accomplish your goals because they are more meaningful and require more effort.

As you learn how to stop feeling like you are running out of time, you must be more patient with yourself if things do not seem to be working out as fast as you want.

So what if you are turning 30 and haven’t figured your life out yet? There are so many famous people who only became successful after 40.

Even though someone else may have achieved a lot at a young age, that doesn’t mean there is no chance of you accomplishing the same things just because it hasn’t happened yet.

It is never too late to be successful. Who knows, perhaps the reason you haven’t gotten there yet is that better things are in store for you. Learn to be patient but at the same time keep working towards your goals. Trust the process.

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  1. Reduce screen time

Using social media platforms too much is another reason why you might be feeling like you are running out of time.

These platforms make people compare themselves unfairly with their age mates and others who seem to be doing much better than they are, resulting in feelings of inadequacy and life dissatisfaction.

Reducing your social media use is one of the most effective ways to stop feeling like you are running out of time.

If you don’t see how others are doing, you can’t compare yourself with them. Instead, you will focus on your own priorities, growth, and achievements.

  1. Stop taking life too seriously

Life is not that serious; you should just enjoy the ride.

While success feels good, pursuing it can rob your joy in the present. Therefore, if you want to stop feeling like time is running out, take a break from work, go out there, and live in the moment.

You should stop taking life too seriously because none of us is getting out alive anyway. So try to find joy in everything, celebrate your small victories, take risks, and have fun on your life’s journey

Ensure you do more of what makes you happy every day instead of wasting your time worrying too much about the future or what others think of you.

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Final Thoughts

The feeling that you are running out of time to do particular things is very common, especially as you approach the ages when you are ‘supposed’ to have achieved some of life’s major milestones.

The above tips can help you learn how to stop feeling like you are running out of time and become more satisfied with your life.

You don’t owe anyone anything, so stop putting all that pressure on yourself to try to please others. The only person you owe a full and happy life to is yourself. So do things that make you happy and work towards achieving your goals at your own pace. You are exactly where you are supposed to be!

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  1. Amazing tips!
    Being patient and realizing that we move in different time zones is so helpful.

    And yeah, life is not that serious. We’d never get out of it alive.😁

    1. Ha ha! Funny! ” life is not that serious. We’d never get out of it alive.” I liked that! With all the seriousness and anxiety, that really brought a smile on my face! nice comment.

  2. Very nicely written , I really liked all the key take aways and the last thought was best we dont owe anyone anything . 🙂🧡

  3. The pressure is real and it’s always nagging showing up at unexpected times. True, we are on unique and different paths and should compare less and live more. Really good advice points

  4. Yes, time is definitely running out. And I feel “running” is an understatement. I do feel the pressure of it and it’s weighing down on me day by day. My pace is extremely slow and my patience is running out, also. Buuuut, I believe I’m just taking life too seriously.

    1. Thanks for reading! The feeling is very common. You probably only need to give yourself a break and focus on the positive side of things if it is possible. However slow your pace is, the point is you are moving. Progress is progress. no matter how small.

  5. As a teen I truly believed I would own a house and be married with children by 25 😂 but at that age you don’t really understand any of the process. You raised some great points here, having my goals written down and limiting social media definitely helps me to focus on my own path but it can be easy to get sucked back in if you’re not careful 😅

    1. You still got 1yr+ to get married and have a kid before you are 25 though😂 You should probably get started.

      I’m glad to see you already have strategies to protect yourself from that feeling.

  6. What a great post, this really spoke to me. I never really considered that success as a child/student doesn’t necessarily translate into the same rate if success as adult because the scales are different.

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