“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ~ Rodin
I am a wife, mother, dog lover, author, analyst, publisher, editor, and sometimes beauty consultant.
I am also taking Zumba classes, managing websites, blogging more (or trying to), working out, and finding time for old hobbies like reading (for fun, not work).
When I took on all these extra activities, the first thing my husband asked was:
“What will you give up in order to make the time?”
My answer was simple: Nothing.
Why should I give up anything? I want to be the woman who does it all, quite simply because I can.
When people ask me how I do it, I usually say, “I don’t sleep.”
But the truth is: time management.
Why Do We Need to Fill Free Moments?
I’ll just keep bolding that. It deserves to be right on out there multiple times over. Truthfully, it’s more than time management, it’s multitasking. I don’t rest.
When I have a free moment, I fill it with something.
While my kids are eating dinner, I am cooking for my husband (he comes home later, so I cook for him separately). While I’m eating my lunch, I’m reading or writing.
To quote one of my favourite movies (bonus points for anyone who guesses it):
“There are 24 usable hours in every day.”
I’ve done this for so long now that it’s second nature.
The other day, I had an epiphany. Why do I need to fill free moments? Why can’t I just live them?
Here’s how it happened.
I was sitting in a parked car [probably after grocery shopping] with the engine off. Alone and silent.
This would be an excellent time to check my email or my text messages even, but I purposely left my cell phone at home.
Instead, all I did was wait.
In the five minutes I sat there, I tapped the wheel, fiddled my thumbs, and hummed a little. I felt antsy. It felt like I was wasting time.
To calm myself, I closed my eyes and focused on sounds. I heard birds chirping, wind blowing against the car, and the sound of traffic faintly in the distance… and then nothing.
Silence. My thoughts stopped, my breaths were there but silent, chaos ended. For one brief moment, I had peace and zen.
It was glorious.
In order to be successful in all the things I do, I need to manage my time wisely. Yes, there are 24 usable hours in every day, but I can make time for five minutes of meaningful silence… and so should you.
Try it. See if it doesn’t make the rest of your day more enjoyable!