|Time - Maria A Smith|
Its been a good productive week on the writing front, I've managed to do lots of mini writing sessions in between household chores, appointment waiting times, coffee breaks, early morning word sprints and even a longer editing session.
On well-being and exercise there has been some frustration, like the traffic making me too late to attend a stretch class. I was miffed after planning everything to get there, and allowing more time for travelling too. Never mind, I went in the gym instead, to do my own stretching routine. Not quite as good as being in a class, but it's still exercise.
By making myself a 'to do' list, last Sunday, I realised mid-week, I wasn't going to accomplish everything I'd set out to do. I know I'm not alone, its very hard to keep up with everything whatever your circumstances. There are so many time distractions.
What can we do about it?Just Say No
The number #1 time management tool, is saying NO, not only to others, but perhaps more importantly to ourselves. We all know that every time we let something into our life, it becomes a claim on our attention. Another procrastination?
Time is not the problem. Time 'just is' and it's how we manage it that makes the difference. We all know we can't buy anymore, so we must learn to organise it better.
I'd like to join a book group, but I know if I do, I'll have to allocate it time, and it won't just be getting to the meetings, or reading, or making notes. I'll probably have to shift other stuff around to do it, and if I mess up, I'll lose focus on other things, and my attention will be dispersed.
I'll end up not being able to give anything the attention it deserves, and more and more things will not get finished.
So how do we begin?
The first step is to stop adding to the number of things we are already doing, and the next step is to start putting space back in our lives.
Focus on What Is Important
Most of us have taken on too much at one time or another in our lives. But if you can recognise this overwhelm for what it is - an escape mechanism - you can begin to break free from it.
When you put space back into your life, you can give everything the amount of focused attention that it needs. But please don't use the time saved to do something else! Your goal is to improve your efficiency, otherwise you'll have a much bigger feeling of overwhelm than before. I've taken a hard look at my life, and decided what I want to give my attention to for now, and of course there will always be some smaller tasks that have to be managed in between the big stuff, but I know I can always change my priorities, but what I can't do, is give more attention than I have to give.
Now the title of this post, is Finding Joy In The Journey, and it relates to the good things that happen in our lives along the way. So here are three joyful things from my week.
- Meeting up for an impromptu tea and cake session with a good friend.
- Feeling happy because I cleared the In-Tray of three months worth of receipts and old bills.
- Having a neck and shoulder tension massage, followed by an intensive scalp treatment.
My week ahead looks like this...
- Get to the pool as often as is possible in the midst of a busy working week.
- Go for a walk
- Write 1000 new words
- Edit a chapter of the novel
- Spend an hour planning menus for the week ahead
- Make an appointment for an eye test
- Pick up some paint charts and look at colours for the lounge
- Tune into #writingchat at 8pm on Wednesday evening on Twitter
- Spend my book token
- Listen to a podcast
Lets see how I do!
I look forward to hearing how your week went, what joys happened on the journey, and what plans you have for the week ahead?