Have you ever wondered why time goes by so quickly? I can sit down to work on a project, and suddenly 2 hours have passed! We all are given the same number of minutes in each day. The math is simple – 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day = 1440 minutes per day. It sounds like so many, but if we do not use our time wisely, those minutes are wasted. It is imperative that we learn to use those minutes wisely.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” J.R.R. Tolkien
How many times have you said, “if I had one wish, it would be that I had 30 hour days?” I have personally said that many times! Many of us take on way too many projects, have children in multiple sports or activities, and between laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, housekeeping, visiting family, friends, and working in our careers, it is easy for us to skip taking care of ourselves and getting enough sleep. I am personally guilty of putting my needs on the back burner in order to take care of everything else.
If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you may remember that I dubbed 2018 “the year of Cindy.” That may sound corny to you, but before I had a family and other responsibilities, I dedicated time everyday to workout, eat healthy foods, and sleep 7-8 hours a night. I had regular nail appointments, spent time with family and friends, saw the newest movies and attended concerts of my favorite bands. Suddenly life got in the way and I lost myself somewhere between work, children, volunteering and the many other activities of life. This week we begin the third month of 2018. To me, it seems unfathomable that January and February are gone. I may have to change my plan to “2018 – the month of Cindy.”
I have spent most of the year with my brother, who suffered a major stroke on December 2nd. His rehab is 30 minutes from my home so it takes several hours out of my day to spend time with him. I have chosen to give my time and encouragement to him and he has made great strides in the past few weeks, but It has really cut down on my productivity. It is time for me to become more focused on my business, my family and the projects we’ve planned to do around our home.
Where do we find more time?
I truly believe that the internet is a great time saver, but it is also a time waster. It is so easy to waste hours each day getting lost on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, chatting with friends, searching the web, and returning emails. I think it is imperative to limit the time spent on the internet by setting a timer. Allowing yourself a few minutes (20 minutes 2-3 times during the day) will help keep you up to date and you will not lose hours and hours of productivity.
“Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.” Patti Digh
To Do Lists
I love 3×5 cards. I use them for everything! I have 1 for every month that lists birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates. Every evening I create a to-do list so I can see what I need to accomplish the following day. Nothing gets missed. I’m aware of what needs to be completed and I love marking off each item as it is completed. Anything I do not complete is first on the list for the following morning. It keeps me focused and task oriented. Starting March 1st, I am adding “taking care of myself” on that to do list so that I can carve out time to go to the gym, schedule a mani-pedi, simply enjoy coffee or a glass of wine with friends.
“The art of delegation is one of the key skills any entrepreneur must master.” Richard Branson
Delegating is the hardest thing in the world for me to do. Being a Type A personality, I think I can do everything myself and the result is usually losing sleep, worrying and being stressed that things won’t be done on time. It is important to learn to “let go.” Every once in a while I will find myself singing the Frozen soundtrack while deciding what I can and cannot accomplish.
Several years ago, I was active in PTA, had two boys who played 2-3 sports and a stepson who played football and soccer in another school district, worked 50+ hours a week, had parents who were ill, a husband who worked in Chicago and visited on weekends and I had a household to run. I really had to learn how to say, “No!” to some of the volunteer activities. There were days when I crawled into bed an hour or two before my alarm went off for the day. Sometimes I wonder how I survived, but I know that “taking care of myself” was nowhere on my radar.
My challenge to you is the following:
How do you spend your 1440 minutes each day? Are you completely organized and find yourself with time to spare? Are you running around like a crazy person? When was the last time you took an exercise class, worked on your favorite crafts, spent time with family and friends around a bonfire, or just took a nap in the middle of the afternoon?
We only get one life. If I have learned nothing during my brother’s stroke recovery, it has been that each day should be cherished and lived it the fullest. Spend some time this week deciding what tasks can be delegated so that you can free up some time to spend doing something you love. Remember the importance of managing your time wisely.
Have a great week!
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