For a while, I felt frazzled. Last week, I went to see my reflexologist and I told her that I felt off. Tired and scattered. All over the place. How I simply couldn’t manage my time and everything that is going on. She chuckled and we talked more about how I was feeling. In all of the time she’s worked with me, she said she has never seen my body so calm. Yes, I’m a little crazed and I am still learning how to balance my time, but it’s a good crazed. I’m healing. After all of these years…
Work right now… It’s like we’re in this garden and we thought, cool, this rose bush will look bitchin’ when it blooms. Then when we went to get rose food, that thing went all don’t feed the Gremlins after midnight and now there are hundreds of rose bushes. We are surrounded by something so beautiful and amazing, but tending a garden that grew so fast can still get overwhelming at times. But it is so beautiful that I wouldn’t want it any other way.
But time… I had to take my time back. More specifically, I had to start managing my time properly. First, I had to figure out how to do it and what to do. Whenever I feel the time management crunch, I always go back to the method that I’ve written about before. I need to handle things in easy chunks. Because I can make 15 minute chunks.
I had two things that were major projects on the task list; Finish Jenny Lawson’s book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir).
The second task to complete was cleaning the garage.
So each night, I took fifteen minutes to read until I finished the book on Friday night. Saturday, I planned to take at least fifteen minutes to start going through some of the boxes in the garage. But those fifteen minutes were pretty productive. So I kept going. With Brian’s help, we finished cleaning the garage in one chunk. There was a tiny bit to be done on Sunday, but that didn’t even take fifteen minutes.
Here is the list of the other things that I want to make sure that I spend fifteen minutes per day doing:
- Playing with the cats. Full on play time. Exercise the kitties.
- Talk to Brian about his day. So many days, couples are tired and it is easy to sit together and watch tv without saying a lot. I want to make sure that we get at least fifteen minutes of good conversation in.
- Reading for pleasure. I got a bunch of books from the library that were topics related to time management and work-related. I don’t want to read them. I really want to read Probiotics For Dummies.
Cleaning different areas so things don’t get overwhelmed.
These are the little things. I’m also working on other bigger things that take a longer block of time. Fitness is being reintroduced to my life. (That’s a separate post.) So far, no injuries. I’m doing some interesting freelance work. I want to blog more consistently because I’ve got a ton of posts in draft that I need to flesh out and finish. I’ve got some other really exciting projects coming up.
All it takes is fifteen minutes.