Have you ever really thought about how you spend your time?
Do you remember when you were young and you had all these great ideas about what you were going to be when you grew up and you could imagine very clearly how you were going to spend your days?
I wanted to be a professional horse rider who went riding, training and galloping bareback across wide open fields with the wind in my hair and the sun in my face. Even now if I mentally put myself up on that horse, I can bring up the feelings of wild abandonment and freedom I imagined would be part of my every day adult life. For a lot of modern mums, the only wild abandonment they enjoy involves going to the supermarket alone.
When we are kids, we are so filled with joy that we cannot imagine the daily grind and responsibility that comes with moving in to adulthood. Our whole lives are concentrated around doing that which makes us happy, and the big people do everything else for us. Imagine what it would be like if you could schedule your life this way. If you could concentrate only on the good stuff, knowing that everything else was either outsourced or done. Imagine actually scheduling your dreams and personal goals into your daily diary, so you worked slowly and steadily towards them. Wouldn’t that be magical?
Think about each item on your to do list and try to categorise them into one of the following headings:
1. Essential and Important (Cooking the family dinner, buying your kids new school uniform)
2. Non essential and Important (Going to the gym, starting on the weight loss program)
3. Important but not essential (A phone ringing sounds like you should answer it, but do you really have to?)
4. Not important and not essential (Gassing with your sister for an hour when you only saw her last night!)
How much of your time are you spending on the non essential, non important items on your list? Perhaps these things are causing a rupture in your leaky tap of time? Get organised and watch your time magically reappear before your eyes.