Thursday, May 04, 2017

Finding Time


Time, we all have the same amount of it.  What we do with it, is up to us.  It is easy blame a "lack of time" on work, life, home, family, others, but ultimately you and only you, can control how you spend your time - not how much of it you have.  

For many of us, the most critical step is deciding what we are not going to do to find time for the things we place a higher priority on.  

What have I quit doing? I don't make my bed, not doing so, does not bother me, and it frees time to do things I prefer to do.  I send my shirts out to be washed and more important ironed. I don't mind doing laundry, but ironing takes a lot of time.  I could iron them myself, but paying someone else to do that, frees time to do things I prefer to do (I know they may not do it exactly the way I would, but I look good enough and who cares?)  I am not the most meticulous housekeeper. I don't clean house to my mother's standards, doing it this way helps me to find time to do the things I want to do.  This year has been an exception, but I often trade time with family, for travel time. I trade television watching time, for time to write blog postings.  

Life is about trade offs.  If you are not doing things you want to do, you need to think about trading what are you are doing, for what you would prefer to do.  When I am pressed for time, I look at what I am doing and think, what would happen if I didn't do X, if the impact is not dire, I take doing that off my list.  

What do wish you had more time to do? What can you stop doing to fee up time? 

3 comments:

  1. I could stop wasting 9+ hours a day commuting/working !!!

    :-)

    -Andy

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  2. more time to knit, read books, visit with friends. I second andy's thought, but then I would not have the money to buy yarn/books/travel tickets. double edged sword.

    making the bed, ironing, and playing suzy homemaker is MOS DEF off my to do list. :)

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  3. My list is so long it is making me feel sad.
    I am working on what to free up - and what to give up on the mentioned list.

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