At present, even farting around on the Internet is in some way goal focused. Reading about simplicity and frugality. Looking for design advice so I can make my home more comfortable and inviting. Searching for social media strategies that will help me launch a business more effectively. And so on.
With all that in mind, here's today's idea:
Free up time. Find ways to free up time for the important stuff. That means eliminating the stuff you don’t like, cutting back on time wasters, and making room for what you want to do.But maybe I'm looking at it all wrong? What exactly is "important"?
Just for laughs, I decided to think about what I would be doing if I did have more time. And what do you know? A lot of what I'd be doing is pretty much what I try to squeeze into every little corner of my life so I don't have to give it up. Silly pointless crafts. Projects like this one. I just wouldn't feel as rushed as I seem to feel all the time now.
The things I'd do if I had more time that I don't do much now would be things like read or go for long walks and of course spend more time with my daughter. (The first two don't sound very important, but they're important enough to me that I used to do both every day.)
Or I'd try to sew a bit more so I finally go good enough at it that I could make more of her clothes and toys that weren't just glorified pillows. Maybe I'd try jogging again - a pastime that literally cannot fit into my schedule unless I get over my fear of jogging after dark. I'd write fiction again. Try to enjoy cooking. Or expand my horizons, though how I'd do that is escaping me at the moment.
None of which is very important, except in the context of my mental health. Maybe I'd paint again. Important? Not important?
Wait, were we freeing up time for the important things on our Day 1 lists? Because the second item on mine was:
Doing more of the things that make me happy, which is sometimes actually work and sometimes messing around with cloth or painting my furniture.Please please please don't read this as my just ranting about how there's never enough time. Naturally there's never enough time for anyone, even uber achievers. We're all going to die someday and we're all going to die with something, probably lots of somethings, left undone. It's just that right now I do kind of wish there were more hours in the day because work and silly maintenance tasks - why do you think I hate cooking so much - get in the way of being able to GET. THINGS. DONE.*sigh*
But wait! I'm not leaving this on a very action-oriented note.
For today, I'm just going to think about my biggest time wasters. And also why I'm prone to wasting time. What do I GET out of, say, clicking around on Facebook - and why am I doing that instead of getting my Adwords certification or some other thing? If I can figure that out, I can conquer the world.