Time. Is it plentiful or is it stolen by bandits of the busyness of life? This summer has been an interesting one for my time management. We’ve been busy with parties, commitments to family, fun, rewarding projects, and me starting a business. When one gets this busy you start wishing for a little down time.
I’ve always believed I never have enough time to do everything I want to do. However, is that really true? There are activities I really enjoy doing, but somehow the time for those fun hobbies I want to add to my life, slip away. Starting a business takes time, right? What about the time I need to allocate for doing the everyday stuff; and oh yeah, forget about the time devoted to my day job. Life is supposed to be all about balance, right? Fun and recreation of my own choosing seems to take a back seat to other commitments.
What are your time bandits? Do you really need to do that last errand? What about cleaning up that last spec of dirt, that only the cat might find amusing? What’s really important to you? What would happen if you let some of that busy busy work go, or if you actually spent time “talking” with your family or friends instead of filtering it through the TV or the computer? What if you just said “No,” to another task or another commitment? How would your life be different? These are questions I ask myself as well, and still, I find time bandits challenging.
Where do you find yourself coming up short of time? What would you rather do, but find yourself saying, “I can’t because I have to do blah.”? Where do YOU come into the picture then? I challenge you this week to look at the choices you are making according to the time available and see if those choices are actually ones that belong to you or to somebody else.