I’ve always had trouble with time. I’m 10 minutes late to everything. Even system clock on my computer is 10 minutes off. I set it to the correct time and before I know it, 10 minutes slow again.
“You were born late,” my mother always pointed out to me, “and you’ve been late ever since.” Thanks, Mom. I think I got that from her. She was born late/always late, too.
Genetic predisposition aside, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with having too much on my plate. Schedule crowded with (other peoples) activities, projects to work on, household chores, cooking, laundry, gardens to tend.
I have books to write and paintings to paint. I can’t seem to get to either…
So I started paying attention to what I’m actually spending my time on. I took notes for a week or so. The results were surprising.
I found large blocks that I was wasting because I didn’t think it was “enough” to get anything done. I was looking for small blocks—I know I can get a LOT done in 15 minutes if I try.
But what I found were hours!!!! Some of those blocks of time were 60-90 minutes. And I was filling them with e-mail and Facebook and random reading.
I have to thank Nina Amir, The Inspiration to Creation Coach, for helping me see what I was doing.
After reading her blog post “How to Make Time to Write”, I’ve been following Nina’s advice and “focusing” my time into those blocks I discovered.
That feels soooo much better than “managing”! Managing feels hard, like trying to force things into some kind of order (against their will.) But focusing feels easy! I’m just looking into the space and allowing my energy to flow through me into it.
Not only am I getting things done in those space, I’ve also overcome one of my other major barriers to success—deciding which of my many projects to pursue. I don’t want to leave anything out, but I don’t have time to do everything! I end up going around in circles and doing nothing.
Surprise! I actually do have time. By working on a different activity in each block, I don’t have to pick one over the other. I’m able to fit everything in. Slow, steady progress is making a difference already.
I now have a block for Writing, Research, Painting, Learning, and cooking dinner. Yes, I still have FB and e-mail time, but I limit it with a timer. Best of all, I shut off my laptop every evening at 10:00 and read fiction for fun! Now I just need to find a block to insert Exercise….
Interestingly, when I started looking for the spaces in between the activities and focusing my self in them, not only were the spaces bigger than I thought, time seemed to s-t-r-e-e-e-e-t-c-h out into even more time. Maybe I step into a different dimension where time runs differently than this “reality”.
Do you have too much to do and not enough time? Have you found a soulution? (I did that by accident, but I left it on Purpose :) Tell me about it. I’d love to hear your adventures with time.
In service to Love,