New month, new ideas and new writing schedule. It’s funny how we can use these time markers to manage our lives, by the hours in the day, days of the week and dates on the calendar. But is it possible to adopt a free spirit lifestyle without these time boundaries and still be productive? It has been a few years now since I’ve been able to shed the Monday through Friday 9-5 standard work week schedule mindset, having worked in that world for so long before I entered into self-employment. It was a challenge at first to look at my days differently but I began to realize that time is really just a tool in measuring time, of course it has its practical purposes like I’ll meet you at the coffee shop at 8:00, or hello I’m another year older but really it is a way to describe an evolution of the day cycle that will repeat itself again and again marking our moments here on earth.
Once we begin to shift our consciousness in how we perceive time and how we spend those hours in the day we’ll begin to realize how much more time is available than we think.
We here so often about how we lead crazy busy lives not having enough time to do the things we want to do and on and on, and in a way I can completely relate to those days while raising a family with work and school activities and varied schedules it can get hectic and time crunched but even that crazy busy lifestyle can be better managed.
When we get caught up in the lack of time mentality we need to remember we also have the ability to make more of it. We can create that space as easily as we fill up our days by simply eliminating certain things that take up the time we wish we had.
I know that some people are time management challenged, the always late to the party or in a hurry crowd then there’s the other prompt time attentive dictators, (I used to be one of them) who manage every minute of the day leaving no room for flexibility. If you want more time to do the creative things you crave, turn off the television. Do you want more time with your friends and family? Then look at how you fill your day and remove those things that prevent you from enjoying those relationships.
As the saying goes time is money and in some ways it really is. Can we make more money? Sure. Can we make more time? Sure. Can we evaluate where we spend our money? Sure. Can we examine how we spend our time? Sure. It’s all about priorities and perception in where you place value and what is truly important to you.
Anytime I feel that lack of time mentality creep in to my thoughts I remind myself to expand into another way of thinking. It’s like looking at the clock with how many hours are left in the day or looking at it with how many you’ve already enjoyed. Is the day half-filled or half empty?
So here’s to a new day, a new week, a new blog post, this is your invitation to start something new.
I’d love to hear what new ventures you will begin today.
photo credit Mike Messerli