There’s got to be more hours in the day, right? And somehow I’m just not finding them?
As I mentioned last week, I came home with my head stuffed full of new plans and projects. I’m really excited about getting things in motion – not only do I think these projects will be exciting to work on, I think the results will be useful and fun for other people. Bonus!
Unfortunately, my schedule is already pretty packed. In the past my solution has been to cut down on fun, sleep, and most self-care activities. But these days that doesn’t work so well. Actually, I’m not sure it ever did.
It’s time for more sensible measures.
Step one is seeing where my time is actually going. It’s sort of a pain, but nothing beats actually logging data instead of just guessing. Now I’m discovering where the funny little pockets of space are. Finding places where I’m spending WAY more time than I thought on a project that I don’t actually care about, but didn’t think it was worth the bother of detangling from.
It’s becoming a fun game – examining the difference between what I say is important to me versus what I’m actually spending time on.
I’m definitely not a proponent of “Get all the things done, right now, today! Sleep is for wimps!” I’ll admit to doing that in the past, but it’s time for a change.
Now it’s much more along the lines of gently sorting through what I have on my plate and seeing what could be cleared off to make room for the fun – and maybe a few extra naps.
Clearing space on the calendar and in my mind
An important reminder from this past week: use my calendar to create spaciousness. Give myself flexibility to throw it all to the wind and have confidence that enough things have been done ahead of time that I can turn off the worrying part of my brain.
Last weekend one of my best friends got married. We also run a web design business together. For most of last week, quite understandably, he was out of the office. Plus we closed for a long weekend. And over the weekend I didn’t want to look at email at all.
Normally, I’d have been worried. I do that when I’m away from emails for too long – what if something goes wrong? What if I’ve forgotten something?
But I made sure that I’d cleared the decks, not just through the weekend, but through the middle of this week, just on the assumption that it might take us a while to get caught back up.
Not just stuff with the business with my friend, but everything else that normally I take care of. Rather like clearing the decks for a mini-vacation.
Which turned out to be a fabulous thing. The house and the weekend were full of old friends I haven’t seen in far too long and knowing that everything had been tidied up beforehand let me focus on my time with them.
Best present to myself ever.
One last thing!
I’m putting together a workbook on time tracking and ways to use that information to get in more of what you want in your life (without giving up sleep, promise!). If you’d be interested in being a beta tester for the kit, let me know in the comments below and I’ll send you a preliminary version when it’s ready!